I recently learned that R.C. Sproul Jr.’s daughter passed away at the beginning of this month, and after reading this letter by John Newton, I found it to be a timely reminder on the sovereignty of God. This letter came to me the other day from Grace Gems, a collection of ageless, sovereign grace, devotional writings. They have a daily devotional email which I have recently signed up for and been greatly blessed by.
Tribulations, Difficulties, and Disappointments
(Letters of John Newton)
“Beloved, now we are
children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We
know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see
Him just as He is!” 1 John 3:2
Let us not be greatly discouraged at the many
tribulations, difficulties, and
disappointments which lie in the path which
leads to glory–seeing that our Lord has foretold us of
them, has made a suitable provision for every case we can
meet with, and is Himself always near to those who call
upon Him in His almighty strength–as a sure refuge,
and a never-failing, ever-present help in every
time of trouble!
Note likewise, that He Himself was a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief for our sakes. He drank off the
full cup of unmixed wrath for us–shall we then
refuse to taste of the cup of affliction
at His appointment, especially when His wisdom and
love prepare it for us, and proportion every
circumstance to our strength? He puts it into our hands,
not in anger but in tender mercy–to do us
good, to bring us near to Himself; and He sweetens every
bitter draught, with those comforts which none but He can
The time is short, the world is passing
away, all its cares and all its vanities will soon be at
an end! Yet a little while, and “we shall see Him
as He is!” Every veil shall be taken away–every seeming
frown be removed from His face–and every tear wiped away
from ours! We shall also be like Him!
You might also be blessed by this video that Joni and Friends put together a few years ago about Shannon Sproul.