I know I’ve been sharing things from J.C. Ryle a lot these days. I’ve really been encouraged! Paragraph formatting is mine:
The servants of Christ in every age should treasure up the doctrine before us, and remember it in time of need. It is “full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly people.”
Let such never forget that they live in a world where God overrules all times and events, and where nothing can happen but by God’s permission. The very hairs of their heads are all numbered.
Sorrow and sickness, and poverty, and persecution, can never touch them, unless God sees fit.
They may boldly say to every cross–“You could have no power against me, except it were given you from above.”
Then let them work on confidently. They are immortal, until their work is done.
Let them suffer patiently, if needs be that they suffer. Their “times are in God’s hand.” (Psalm. 31:15.)
That hand guides and governs all things here below, and makes no mistakes.
J.C. Ryle, The Gospel of John, Kindle Location 2473-79.