"All things work together for good to them that love God" Rom. 8:28
Opposition is essential to a true equilibrium of forces. The centripetal and centrifugal forces acting in opposition to each other keep our planet in her orbit. The one propelling, and the other repelling, so act and re-act, that instead of sweeping off into space in a pathway of desolation, she pursues her even orbit around her solar centre.
So God guides our lives. It is not enough to have an impelling force--we need just as much a repelling force, and so He holds us back by the testing ordeals of life, by the pressure of temptation and trial, by the things that seem against us, but really are furthering our way and establishing our goings.
Let us thank Him for both, let us take the weights as well as the wings, and thus divinely impelled, let us press on with faith and patience in our high and heavenly calling.
A. B. Simpson
Streams in the Desert
Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman
Romans 8:28 is a verse I have on my refrigerator; it's a favorite of mine. That's probably why this particular devotion this morning really struck home with me. I love the analogy of weights and wings, impelling and repelling. These are what our days are made of and each push and pull, whether big or small - has a very important part in our spiritual growth.
Time for a second cup and a second reading of this message.