The Almighty has afflicted me!

(Charles Spurgeon)

"The Almighty has afflicted me!" Ruth 1:21

It is a sweet thing to be able to trace the hand of God in our afflictions, for nothing can come from that hand towards one of His children, but that which is good and right.

If you will think of those hands of which the Lord says, "I have engraved you upon the palms of My hands"—you may rest assured that nothing can come from those hands but what infinite wisdom directs, and infinite love has ordained!

"For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives." Hebrews 12:6

"God disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness." Hebrews 12:10

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For those who desire additional devotional reading, here is a precious two article by Arthur Pink, "God Securing His Inheritance." The text is Deuteronomy 32:10, "He found him in a desert land and in the waste howling wilderness. He led him about, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye." The main points are:

1. Jehovah finding His people.
2. Jehovah leading His people.
3. Jehovah instructing His people.
4. Jehovah preserving His people.