All The Paths of The Lord
By Sally Richardson
All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects;
Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
‘For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.’
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
The Lord's faithful ones keep His covenant for He is their keeper. They keep His testimonies for He puts His laws into their minds and writes them upon their hearts.
By "the paths of the Lord" we may understand the different ways He takes in His dealings with His people. Observe that "all" of them are declared to be mercy and truth towards them.
While, commonly, the Lord comes to His people in the way of refreshment and comfort. He sometimes approaches them in clouds and darkness, and in storms of trial. By whatever way He comes, it is in faithfulness and love.
But His people do not always see this, and at times their faith may be sharply tried to believe it but it is nevertheless true.
Though the Lord's dispensations change, He does not change.
He is good when He gives and He is equally good when He denies.
He is faithful when He comforts and He is just as faithful when He corrects.
He is Love when He cheers and He is Love when He chides.
Dear friend, seek grace to trust in the Lord at all times, and to bless Him for crosses as well as for comforts.
"When you can't trace His hand, trust His heart!"
God’s ways are at times like heavy wagon trucks that cut deep into our souls, yet all of them are merciful.
— C. H. Spurgeon