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How sweet must the following considerations be to a distressed believer. 

There most certainly exists an almighty, all-wise, and infinitely gracious God.

He has given me in times past, and is giving me at present, if I had but eyes to see it, many and signal intimations of His love to me, both in a way of providence and grace.

This love of His is immutable; He never repents of it or withdraws it.

Whatever comes to pas in time is the result of His will from everlasting.  Consequently, My afflictions were a part of His original plan, and are all ordered in number, weight, and measure.

The very hairs of my head are every one counted by Him, nor can a single hair fall to the ground but in consequence of His determination.  Hence, my distresses are not the result of chance, accident, or a fortuitous combination of circumstances.  But, the Providential accomplishment of God's purpose.

They are designed to answer some wise and gracious end.  Nor, shall my affliction continue a moment longer than God sees meet.

He who brought me to it has promised to support me under it, and carry me through it.

All shall most assuredly work together for His glory and my good.  Therefore, the cup which my Heavenly Father hath given me to drink, shall I not drink it?  Yes, I  will, in the strength He imparts, even rejoice in tribulation, and, using the means of possible redress which He hath, or may hereafter put into my hands, I will commit myself and the event to Him whose purpose whose purpose cannot be overthrown, whose plan cannot be disconcerted, and who, whether I am resigned or not, will still go on to work all things after the counsel of His own will.

By Augustus Toplady (1773), the author of the well known hymn “Rock of Ages.”

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