the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isa. 55:9.
Our plans are not always God's plans. . . .
loving care and interest for us, often He who understands us better than we
understand ourselves refuses to permit us selfishly to seek the gratification
of our own ambition. . . . Often our plans fail that God's plans for us may
future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will
be made plain. We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers and disappointed
hopes have been among our greatest blessings.
not now sufficiently advanced in spiritual attainments to comprehend the mysteries
of God. But when we shall compose the family of heaven, these mysteries will
be unfolded before us. . . .
will be revealed in explanation of matters upon which God now keeps silence
because we have not gathered up and appreciated that which has been made known
of the eternal mysteries. The ways of Providence will be made clear; the mysteries
of grace through Christ will be unfolded. That which the mind cannot now grasp,
which is hard to be understood, will be explained. We shall see order in that
which has seemed unexplainable; wisdom in everything withheld; goodness and
gracious mercy in everything imparted. Truth will be unfolded to the mind,
free from obscurity, in a single line, and its brightness will be endurable.
The heart will be made to sing for joy. Controversies will be forever ended,
and all difficulties will be solved.
has perplexed us in the providences of God will in the world to come be made
plain. The things hard to be understood will then find explanation. The mysteries
of grace will unfold before us. Where our finite minds discovered only confusion
and broken promises, we shall see the most perfect and beautiful harmony.
We shall know that infinite love ordered the experiences that seemed most
trying. As we realize the tender care of Him who makes all things work together
for our good, we shall rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.