“The children of God must constantly school their minds to learn the great lesson now before us.
Nothing so helps us bear patiently the trials of life as an abiding conviction of the perfect wisdom by which everything around us is managed.
Let us try to believe not only that all that happens to us is well done, but that it is done in the best manner, by the right instrument, and at the right time.
We are naturally impatient in the day of trial. We are apt to say, like Moses, when beloved ones are sick, “Heal her now, Lord, we beseech thee.” (Num. xii. 13)
We forget that Christ is too wise a Physician to make any mistakes.
It is the duty of faith to say, “My times are in Thy hand. Do with me as Thou wilt, how Thou wilt, what Thou wilt. Not my will, but Thine be done.”
The highest degree of faith is to be able to wait, sit still, and not complain…
The hand that was nailed to the cross is too wise and loving to smite without a needs-be, or to keep us waiting for relief without a cause.”
J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, page 21