The disappointments of life are in reality one of the eternal purposes by which our lives are foreordained. I have a message for you today. I will whisper it softly in your ear in order that the storm clouds which appear may be gilded with glory, and that the thorns on which you may have to walk might be blunted. The message is short—a tiny sentence—but allow it to sink into the depths of your heart and be a pillow on which you may rest your weary head: “This thing is from Me.”
Have you never thought that all which concerns you concerns Me also? “He that toucheth thee toucheth the apple of [My] eye (Zechariah 2:8). You have been precious in My eyes. That is why I take a special interest in your upbringing. When temptation assails you and the “enemy shall come in like a flood” (Isaiah 59:19), it is My desire for you to know that “This thing is from Me.” I am the God of circumstances. You have not been placed where you are by chance, but because it is the place I have chosen for you. Did you not ask to become humble? Behold, I have placed you in the very spot where this lesson is to be learned. It is by your surroundings and your companions that the working of My will is to come about.
Do you have money difficulties? Is it hard to keep within your income? “This thing is from Me.” I am He that possesses all things. I wish for you to draw everything from Me and depend entirely upon Me. My riches are limitless (Philippians 4:19). Put My promise to the proof so that it may not be said of you, “Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 1:32).
Are you passing through a night of affliction? “This thing is from Me.” I am the “Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). I have left you without human support that in turning to Me you might obtain eternal consolation (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17).
Has some friend disappointed you? One to whom you have opened your heart? “This thing is from Me.” I have allowed this disappointment that you might learn that the best Friend is Jesus. I long to be your Confidant.
Has someone said false things about you? Leave that and come closer to Me, under My wings, away from the place of wordy dispute, for I will “bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday” (Psalm 37:6). Have your plans been all upset? Are you crushed and weary? “This thing is from Me.” Have you made plans and then asked Me to bless them? I wish to make your plans for you. I will take the responsibility, for it is too heavy for you; you could not perform it alone (Exodus 18:18). You are but an instrument and not an agent.
Have you desired fervently to do some great work for Me? Instead of that, you have been laid on a bed of sickness and suffering. “This thing is from Me.” I was unable to attract your attention while you were so active. I wish to teach you some of My deep lessons. It is only those who have learned to wait patiently who can serve Me. My greatest workers are sometimes those who are laid aside from active service in order that they may learn to wield the weapon of prayer.
Are you suddenly called upon to occupy a difficult position full of responsibilities? Go forward, counting on Me. I am giving you this position full of difficulties for the reason that Jehovah your God will bless you in all your works and in all the business of your hands (Deuteronomy 15:18). This day I place in your hand a pot of holy oil. Draw from it freely, My child, that all the circumstances arising along the pathway, each word that gives you pain, each manifestation of your feebleness may be anointed with this oil. Remember that interruptions are divine instructions. The sting will go in the measure in which you see Me in all things. Therefore, set your heart unto all the works that I testify among you this day. For it is your life (Deuteronomy 32:46,47).
—Adapted from a paper found in J.N. Darby’s Bible
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