The Doctor: Look At the Face, Not the Wheels

An old preacher who lived about 100 years ago used a very good illustration to explain the matter.  He said: “Here is a statement which appears to be contradictory, ‘All things work together for good to them that love God”.  How can that be?  The good things I see, are working in that direction, but look at those other things – they seem to be working in the opposite direction.  How can you say that things which are working in the opposite directions are for my good?  The old preacher answered by using the illustration of a watch.  He said, “Take your watch and open it.  What do you see?  You see that one wheel is turning in an anti-clockwise direction, but it is attached to another wheel that is working in a clockwise direction.  You look at the machinery and you say, ‘This is mad, this is quite ridiculous; here are wheels turning in opposite directions; the man who made the watch must have been a madman.”  But he wasn’t.  He has so arranged the watch and put in a main-spring to govern all the wheels, that when it is wound up, though one wheel turns this way, and another that way, they are all working together to move the hands round the face of the watch.  They appear to be in contradiction but they are all working together to the same end.  Our lives are like that.  Look at life, and you ask at first what is happening?  I can see that certain things are good for me, but other things seem to be al against me.  But think again of the great Watchmaker who has planned it all.  Do not jump to the conclusions, look for the ultimate purpose, look for the ultimate end.  And if you do so with a spiritual eye you will soon begin to see that God knows what He is doing.”  – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans Vol. 8, pp. 169-170

2 thoughts on “The Doctor: Look At the Face, Not the Wheels”

  1. “God knows what He is doing.”

    This is the understatement of the year. Which I can say with confidence, because the year is four days old. 😉

    Which leaves me with a question for myself: why do I forget that so often? :-/


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