"What? shall we receive good at the hands of God–and shall we not receive evil?" Are we to view good alone as coming from God? Are we not to look at evil–at our trials, troubles, and tribulations–as coming from Him?
Are we to forget His favors, lose sight of His paternal relationship, quarrel with His wisdom and love–and thus act the rebel and the ingrate? Alas! this is too often the case. One trouble swallows up the remembrance of many mercies. We think more of one loss–than we do of the gains of years; and we are more affected with one hour’s pain and sickness–than we are with months of ease and health. But it would not be so–if we were properly affected with a due sense of our sinfulness, ingratitude, and unworthiness. Then in the midst of our good things, we would say with Jacob, "I am not worthy of the least of all Your mercies!" And in the midst of our evil things we would say with Job, "The Lord gave–and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord"
It is folly to lose sight of God’s hand in our troubles. We should rather say, "This also comes forth from the Lord Almighty, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working."
Nor is it wise to complain of His dealings with us, for a sinner out of Hell–can never have any reason to complain. Everything short of Hell is mercy!