“(St Francis de) Sales came to the conclusion that whatever God had in store for him was good, because ‘God is love’.”
There’s a Lenten thought (prompted mainly by the fact that we’ve booked 2 nights in St Francis’s Cathedral city of Annecy as part of the honeymoon!)
Whatever God has in store. Sometimes it doesn’t look or feel like that. sometimes it’s an unconscionable delay in a project coming to fruition. Sometimes a dream or hope seems to go unfulfilled. But the mystery of the Cross is that even the failure of the Crucifixion was ultimately good because it enabled god’s will to be done through his chosen agent.
The psalm we used at morning prayer yesterday sums this up:
8The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
15The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
(Ps 145, KJV)
Whatever God has in mind it will be good for us. We trust it will. That’s faith.