Tag Archive | Affliction

At Peace With Crosses And Comforts

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 425:

The believer hath likewise peace with all the creatures, which the world hath not, and even in this he is a privileged man. He is in league with the stones of the field, and in peace in his tabernacle, Job 5:23. All things are his, because he is Christ’s, and all are Christ’s, who is the possessor of heaven and earth, at least the righteous heir of both, 1 Cor. 3:21. The unbeliever hath no right to the creature; though there be a cessation for a time between them and him, yet that is no peace, for they will at length be armed against him. They are witnesses already against him, and groan to God for the corruption that man’s sin hath subjected them unto. His table is, it may be, full, yet it is a snare unto him; he getteth ease and quietness outwardly: nay, but it slayeth the fool and destroyeth him. But the godly man is at peace, through Christ’s blood, with all crosses and comforts; the sting and enmity of all evils is taken away by Christ.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-believers-peace-with-all-the-creatures.89900/, Comment 1

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The Godly Are No Losers

Ralph Erskine (The Vanity of Earthly Things, etc.), Sermons 1:249:

The godly are no losers, though they should lose all things in the world for Christ’s sake. What makes them venture the loss of all for the cause and interest of Christ? Why, they know Christ to be all, and the world nothing but vanity. They may easily forsake all things and follow Christ; for they lose but vanity, and reap solid comfort, solid happiness. We see this abundantly clear from Mark 10:29, 30, “Jesus said, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundred-fold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” This seems to be a contradiction: but, though they lose their houses and lands, etc., yet they shall reap them equivalently. Yea, what is more than the equivalent; they reap true comfort here and true happiness hereafter. So that their light afflictions work for them a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/the-godly-are-no-losers.92902/, Comment 1

Such Mercies Prove To Be Hard Crosses And Troubles

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“If things do befall us when we have vexed ourselves into the possession of them, yet now they are mingled and brackish; they are not so clear and sweet…It will not at all have the relish of a mercy until we have repented of our former disturbance. He who is impatient until he has a good is usually unthankful when he receives it; for he knows not how to depend on God has yet to learn how to bless God. Neither can I expect a contentment of mind in the fruition, where there has been an unbelieving turbulence in the expectation…When the Israelites desired, by any means, to have a king, they had him, but it was in wrath…When God must answer, not our needs but our desires; not our wants but our pleasures, we usually find that such mercies prove to be hard crosses and troubles; and we scarce taste a delight before we break out into new complaints, so that by our vexing we have procured to ourselves a further burden.”

~Obadiah Sedgwick, Providence Handled Practically

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/dont-vex-your-mind.93135/

It Is The Promising God That Threatens

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Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:54-55:

God reveals himself sometimes to us as a threatening God. Threatenings and promises seem to be very cross to one another. It is the promising God that does threaten, and the Lord knows very well how to make his promises and his threatenings agree together, if we were wise to make them agree together in our faith. If his children forsake my law, etc., I will visit their transgressions with the rod, and their iniquities with stripes. Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, etc., Ps. 89:30-34. It were well for us, if we were as able to believe the standing of promises, and the love in his heart, notwithstanding the threatenings and the strokes of his hand.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/it-is-the-promising-god-that-threatens.91990/, Comment 1

The Doctrine of Joy

That We Sin Not

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 335:

Look upon all his particular acts of care and favour towards thee, consider his judgments upon the world, upon the nation, or thine own person. Put to thine ear, and hear. This is the joint harmonious melody, this is the proclamation of all, “that we sin not,” that we sin not against so good a God, and so great a God. That were wickedness, this were madness. If he wound, it is “that we sin not:” if he heal again, it is “that we sin not.” Doth he kill? It is “that we sin not!” Doth he make alive? It is for the same end. Doth he shut up and restrain our liberty, either by bondage, or sickness, or other afflictions? Why, he means “that we sin not.” Doth he open again? He means the same thing, “that we sin no more, lest a worse thing befall us.” Doth he make many to fall in battle, and turn the fury of that upon us? The voice of it is, that you who are left behind should “sin no more.” Is there severity towards others, and towards you clemency? O the loud voice of that is, “sin not!”

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/it-is-%E2%80%9Cthat-we-sin-not%E2%80%9D.89531/, Comment 1

The Strong Secret Working of Some Consolation

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:204:

The consolations of an afflicted state are very needful, and grace only can furnish us with them. Be ye assured of it, that never did a Christian bear up patiently under God’s heavy hand, but by the strong secret working of some consolation. It is true, we value and seek most that consolation that comes in as a great flood of sense, and that doth swallow up the bitterness of affliction. This the Lord can, and sometimes doth give to his people. But there is a secret, silent spring of consolation, that is as profitable, and more common in the Lord’s way with his children. Of this the apostle speaks in 2 Cor. 1:3-5. Everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, are his blessings, 2 Thess. 2:16, 17.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/a-secret-silent-spring-of-consolation.91010/, Comment 1