The Ultimate End of the Story Is Going to Be All Right

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My friend Dana and I talk about how we want to make everything all right for those we love, and cannot. Her mother died of pancreatic cancer only a few months ago. We say to each other that if we were God we would make everything all right, and then we stop. Look at each other. Because we suddenly see that making everything all right would not make everything all right. We would not be human beings. … We agree sadly that it is a good thing that we are not God; we do not have to understand God’s ways, or the suffering and brokenness and pain that sooner or later come to us all. But we do have to know in the very depths of our being that the ultimate end of the story, no matter how many eons it takes, is going to be all right.

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007)
Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage, pages 151-152
Harper & Row (1988)
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Justice Is Not at Odds with Mercy

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The grandest exercise of justice is mercy. The confusion comes from the fancy that justice means vengeance upon sin, and not the doing of what is right. Justice can be at no strife with mercy, for not to do what is just would be most unmerciful.

George MacDonald (1824-1905)
England’s Antiphon (1874), page 150
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God’s Objective in the Creation

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The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works (Psalm 145:9).

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched (Mark 9:43-44).

Of these the former asserts a divine attribute, the latter describes a place of punishment; and, if both be taken in an unlimited sense, they are evidently irreconcilable. Having, therefore, to decide which is best entitled to be taken in this sense, and so to be considered as a leading principle, we ought undoubtedly to prefer the former; because, of these two things, the attribute only is essential and unchangeable.

When thus rightly considered, we are taught by the whole tenor of Scripture, as developed both in the character and actions of God, that He had no other object in the creation of intelligent beings than that of making them finally and supremely happy in the communication of His own blessedness: which object He effects, during successive dispensations, both in this life and the next, through the mediation of His Son; and, under Him, through the ministrations of a chosen portion of His creatures; so that even temporary evil will, in His hands, be made subservient to its more abundant accomplishment.

R. Roe
The Final Restoration of All Things (1835)
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God Will Accomplish His Goal

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Are you sometimes confused by your circumstances? Have you ever been emotionally depleted by things that have happened with your finances, parents, children, even your ministry? Have you ever felt like life is beating you down? Have you doubted God? You didn’t want to doubt, but you did anyway.

When we feel like this (and we all do at times), just trust your Father. Even when you don’t understand, trust Him. As you grow in your knowledge of your loving Abba, you will learn to accept events as they unfold. He is the Great Sovereign over the details of your life and will perform on your behalf, and for His own glory, all the things He has planned for you. Our impatience and frustration is born of our immaturity, but it is through those very trials we protest that God’s Spirit will bring us into a greater maturity.

God will accomplish His goals for your life. … Trust in His goodness and His wisdom. The destination which you will reach is not your concern. … Cling to Him as the journey unfolds. His role is to ensure that you reach His intended destination. …

Relax, and enjoy your journey. Rest in your Father’s sovereignty. Your life is an adventure, planned and performed by Him. We grow weary when we try to do what He alone can do. It is through our trials that He will lift our controlling need to be in charge. We must see that we are not in charge, but God alone determines and controls the unfolding of our destiny. Control is an arena for which we are not suited. Our Father, on the other hand, is perfectly suited for that role.

Steve McVey
Grace Walk
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All Him

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Not one grain of our re-creation in Christ is attributable to man, any more than our creation was. Man must learn – and re-learn – the “nothing” over against the “All.” And what a relief! Not my past righteousness (non-existent), not my present righteousness (wood, hay and stubble unless He works in me), not my future suitability (equally non-existent). “All” is His: His past planning, His completed redemption, His endless mercy and love.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
The Deep Things of God
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The Rejection of God’s Mighty Hand in All Things

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It’s fascinating that the denial (by most people) of God’s management over all things is actually part of His sovereign and grand design.

He opens and closes the hearts and minds of both groups: Those who acknowledge, and those who refuse His sovereignty in all things.

The very rejection of His far reaching and controlling Hand in all matters is a part of His perfect plan.

Mike Owens
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Can We Blame Them?

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And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hades: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day (Matthew 11:23).

Why, then, were those mighty works not done? Is it not the will of God that none should perish, but that all should come, through repentance, unto life? Does not He Himself plead with men, saying, “Why will ye die?” (cf. Ezekiel 18:31; 33:11). Yet the Lord Jesus, Who knew what might have been as well as what had been, solemnly declares that even the guilty inhabitants of Sodom and of Tyre and Sidon would have been brought to repentance and life had they witnessed the mighty works wrought in the favored cities of Galilee! Why were they not permitted to witness them, then? Can we blame them; will God condemn them, and condemn them to an eternal death or an eternal misery, because they did not see what they could not see, because they did not repent, when the very means which would infallibly have induced repentance were not vouchsafed them?

Samuel Cox (1826-1893)
Salvator Mundi
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Salvator Mundi: Is Christ the Savior of All Men?

by — Samuel Cox (1826-1893)

(New Enlarged Type Edition) “Salvator Mundi” means “Savior of the World.” First published in 1877, the main object of this book is to encourage those who “faintly trust the larger hope” to commit themselves to it wholly and fearlessly, by showing them that they have ample warrant for it in the Scriptures. Reprint of the 1899 Eleventh Edition.

The Origin of Evil

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The desire to see the origin of evil in Satan is the equivalent of a deep-seated denial of the absolute deity of God, and is a great hindrance to a life of victorious faith, because it throws a dark shadow on the glorious consummation at the very beginning. … In reality, the adversary only carries out the intention that was deeply anchored in God’s love, and he is what he is in order to fulfill the high purpose of the divine affections.

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things (Isaiah 45:7).

M. Jaegle
The Pre-Creation Era of the Universe (1950)
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Dwindling

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He made Himself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7).

Oh, that each of us would learn the sacred art of dwindling! That we might just dwindle and dwindle until in the end we just dwindle away into nothingness, that nothingness of self-esteem which alone makes room for His being “All in all.”

Alan Burns (1884-1929)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 8 (1916)
The Unexpected in John’s Gospel
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God’s Sure Purpose

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It is God’s will, and I delight in it even when it disappoints my hopes. As for God, His way is perfect; He has a purpose which He is steadily carrying out, and He is making all things work together to accomplish it. That purpose is that we may be conformed to the image of His Son, and – with all our perverseness and unbelief, and the thousand other things that we are ashamed of as we look back on our past lives – that purpose will one day be completely accomplished. How fine we shall be then!

J.G. M’Vicker (1826-1900)
Selected Letters with Brief Memoir of J.G. M’Vicker
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