Thomas Watson: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?

22 03 2012

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  That’s the way that trite saying goes.  Well, first, we don’t make lemonade God does.  Second, he doesn’t make it out of lemons he makes it out of poison!  He takes our sin, shame, guilt, suffering, pain etc. and uses them for good.  He takes poison and makes medicine.  Thomas Watson, in the excerpt below, says far more eloquently than I ever could that God takes all things and works them to  the good of those who love him.  In fact, Mr. Watson actually wrote a book called All Things for Good.  Below is just a taste of the sweet things to be found in that remarkable book by Watson.

This expression ‘work together’ refers to medicine. Several poisonous ingredients put together, being tempered by the skill of the apothecary, make a sovereign medicine, and work together for the good of the patient. So all God’s providences being divinely tempered and sanctified, work together for the best to the saints. He who loves God and is called according to His purpose, may rest assured that every thing in the world shall be for his good. This is a Christian’s cordial, which may warm him – make him like Jonathan who, when he had tasted the honey at the end of the rod, ‘his eyes were enlightened’(1 Samuel 14:27). Why should a Christian destroy himself? Why should he kill himself with care, when all things shall sweetly concur, yea, conspire for his good? The result of the text is this. ALL THE VARIOUS DEALINGS OF GOD WITH HIS CHILDREN DO BY A SPECIAL PROVIDENCE TURN TO THEIR GOOD. ‘All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant’ (Psalm 25:10). If every path has mercy in it, then it works for good.

Thomas Watson, All Things For Good (Puritan Paperbacks) pg 11