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HIS WAY IS BEST.pdf

HIS WAY IS BEST.pdf

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Published by glennpease
BY J. R. MILLER



WE often think we could do
better If things were in
our hands. We think we
could direct our affairs so
as to get more happiness
and greater good out of
life. Sometimes it seems to us that many
things go wrong and that the consequences
to us are very calamitous. It must be con-
fessed that there is in the world a great
deal of discontent with the ways of Providence.
Not many people seem to be quite satisfied
with their circumstances, and there are many
who think that the divine dealings with them
are not in accordance with that love which they
are told directs the affairs of all God's chil-
dren.
BY J. R. MILLER



WE often think we could do
better If things were in
our hands. We think we
could direct our affairs so
as to get more happiness
and greater good out of
life. Sometimes it seems to us that many
things go wrong and that the consequences
to us are very calamitous. It must be con-
fessed that there is in the world a great
deal of discontent with the ways of Providence.
Not many people seem to be quite satisfied
with their circumstances, and there are many
who think that the divine dealings with them
are not in accordance with that love which they
are told directs the affairs of all God's chil-
dren.

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HIS WAY IS BESTBY J. R. MILLER WE often think we could dobetter If things were inour hands. We think wecould direct our affairs soas to get more happinessand greater good out of life. Sometimes it seems to us that manythings go wrong and that the consequencesto us are very calamitous. It must be con-fessed that there is in the world a greatdeal of discontent with the ways of Providence.Not many people seem to be quite satisfiedwith their circumstances, and there are manywho think that the divine dealings with themare not in accordance with that love which theyare told directs the affairs of all God's chil-dren.Would it be better if we had the direction of our own affairs ? So, sometimes we are tempt-ed to think. If it were permitted to us to do[203]Ci^e tt^mx of lotjethis, no doubt there would be a great changein the method of what we now call Providence,We would at once eliminate all that is pain-ful and unpleasant in our lot. We would haveonly prosperities, with no adversities, only
 
 joys, with no sorrows. We would excludepain from our life and all trouble. The dayswould all be sunny, with blue skies and noclouds or storms. The paths would all bemossy and strewn with flowers, without thornsor any rough places.All this has a very pleasing aspect for uswhen we think of it lightly and in a superficialway. Would not that be better than as wehave it now.? Would we not be happier, andwould not life mean more to us in blessing andgood, if we could direct our own affairs, andleave out the painful, the bitter, the adverse,and the sorrowful? So most of us wouldprobably say at first, before we have thoughtof the question deeply and looked on to theend. But really the greatest misfortune thatcould come to us in this world would be to havethe direction of the aff^airs and the shaping of [204]I^oulti fSDm Wav lie I3etter?the experiences of our lives put into our ownhands. We have no wisdom to know what isbest for ourselves. To-day is not all of life — there is a long future, perhaps many years inthis world, and then immortality hereafter.What would give us greatest pleasure to-daymight work us harm in days to come. Presentgratification might cost us untold loss andhurt in the future.Our wants and our real needs are not alwaysthe same. We want pleasure, plenty, pros-perity — perhaps we need pain, self-denial, thegiving up of things that we greatly prize.
 
We shrink from suffering, from sacrifice,from struggle — perhaps these are the veryexperiences which will do the most for us,which will bring out in us the best possibilitiesof our natures, which will fit us for the largestservice to God and man.We should alwaj'^s remember that the objectof living here is not merely to have presentcomfort, to get along with the least trouble,to gather the most we can of the world's treas-ures, to win the brightest fame. We are here[205]m^t tmon of iLoijeto grow into the beauty of Christ and to dothe portion of God's will that belongs to us.We cannot therefore work out our own course,for we do not know what the divine purposefor us is. We cannot choose our own circum-stances and experiences, for we do not knowthe pattern set for our lives.There is something wonderfully inspiring inthe thought that God has a plan and a purposefor our lives, for each life. We do not comedrifting into this world and do not driftthrough it like waifs on the ocean. We aresent from God, each one of us with a divinethought for his life — something God wantsus to do, some place he wants us to fill. Allthrough our lives we are in the hands of God,who chooses our place and orders our circum-stances and is ready to make all things work together for our good. Our part in all thisis the acceptance of God's will for our lives as

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