Believers are free from condemnation - but not free from pain, sickness, poverty, losses, crosses, sudden trying changes, and what we call premature death.
He who gave - has an undoubted right to take away. We are sure that His sovereignty is combined with His infinite wisdom and goodness - and that, when He crosses our wishes, no less than when He grants them - He does all things well! He does not afflict without a need-be - neither will He permit a trial to continue longer than is necessary. Be still, my soul, and know that He is God!
You are in the best hands - and I leave you with Him who loves you and will make all things work for your final benefit.
Oh, the mercy to be enabled to trust ourselves and those whom we love - to Him, and to see them confiding in Him likewise and resigned to His wise disposal. This all-sufficient God can and does make His people more than equal to any and every trial He appoints for them.
But I am a poor creature - and am daily learning that without Him I can do nothing.
- John Newton (John Newton's Letters)