Whatever comes to pass must
come to pass; because God has ordained it for good. We must not judge things by
their outward appearance. It may seem tragic that Paul and Silas were beaten
and thrown in prison; but it was not. The best thing that could happen did
happen. Paul and Silas must go to that prison in Philippi, because there was an elect sinner there whom God
determined must hear the gospel and be saved. "And it came to pass!"
Here is another example of the soul cheering truth of God's sovereign
providence (Ps. 76:10). In the midst of evil, God accomplishes good (Rom. ). Our Father sovereignly employed the
angry rage of a wicked mob, the illegal actions of a corrupt judge, and the
tormenting hiss of the old serpent to accomplish the salvation of his elect!