We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Daily Crosses

Many of us parents know what it’s like to have a child who resists discipline. But how do we respond when we are disciplined by our heavenly Father?

Francois Fenelon once penned these wise words in a letter:

“The crosses which we make for ourselves by a restless anxiety as to the future, are not crosses which come from God. We tempt Him by our false wisdom, wishing to forestall His arrangements, and struggling to supplement His Providence by our own Providence. The fruit of our wisdom is always bitter, and God suffers it to be so that we may be discomfited when we forsake His Fatherly guidance. The future is not yet ours; perhaps it never will be. If it comes, it may come wholly different from what we have foreseen. Let us shut our eyes then to that which God hides from us . . . Let us worship without seeing; let us be silent; let us abide in peace.”

Fenelon continues,

“The crosses of the present moment always bring their grace, and consequently their comfort with them; we see in them the hand of God, which makes itself felt. But the crosses of anxious foreboding are seen out of the dispensation of God; we see them without grace to bear them; we see them indeed through a faithless spirit which banishes grace.

Let us throw self aside . . . and then God’s will, unfolding every moment in everything, will console us also every moment for all that He shall do around us, or within us, for our discipline.” (See Dialogues of Fenelon, Volume 1* for more of these little wisdom nuggets!)

Scripture tells us that no discipline seems pleasant in the present moment, but afterward it yields the peaceable fruits of righteousness. Remember, as we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, He promises to give us grace!