Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.
– Ps 42:5 NET
We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair;
– 2 Cor 4:8 NET
Oh, my soul, why art thou vexed?
Let things go e’en as they will;
Though to thee they seem perplexed,
Yet His order they fulfil.
—A. H. FRANCKE
The vexation, restlessness, and impatience which small trials cause, arise wholly from our ignorance and want of self-control. We may be thwarted and troubled, it is true, but these things put us into a condition for exercising patience and meek submission, and the self-abnegation wherein alone the fulness of God is to be found.
Every day deny yourself some satisfaction;—bearing all the inconveniences of life (for the love of God), cold, hunger, restless nights, ill health, unwelcome news, the faults of servants, contempt, ingratitude of friends, malice of enemies, calumnies, our own failings, lowness of spirits, the struggle in overcoming our corruptions;—bearing all these with patience and resignation to the will of God. Do all this as unto God, with the greatest privacy.