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In the Best Manner

Commenting on John 11:1-6, J.C. Ryle states,

The children of God must constantly school their minds to learn the great lesson now before us.  Nothing so helps us to bear patiently the trials of life as an abiding conviction of the perfect wisdom by which everything around us is managed.  Let us try to believe not only that all that happens to us is well done, but that it is done in the best manner, by the right instrument, and at the right time.

2 responses to “In the Best Manner”

  1. Daniel says:

    Okay J.C. you’re raining on the pity party.

    But I wonder, when St. Paul said; “Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.” Should we then say to Paul you just need more faith “that all that happens to you is well done, but that it is done in the best manner, by the right instrument, and at the right time”?

  2. Joe Thacker says:

    Daniel, I don’t see Ryle’s comment and your quotation from Paul as necessarily being at odds. I can say that something or someone was harmful, and still believe the Lord used it perfectly. There may be some tension there, but not contradiction.