Tag Archive | Affliction

An Invisible Grip

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 431:

The same power and virtue is required to the preserving of a thing, and the first being of it. Our faith and hope in God is too weak an anchor to abide all storms. Our cords would break, our hands faint and weary, but he is the everlasting God, who faileth not, and wearieth not. He holdeth an invisible grip of us. We are kept by his power unto salvation, and we are kept by his power in peace. “Thy right hand holdeth me,” saith David, and this helpeth me to pursue thee. What maketh believers inexpugnable, impregnable? Is it their strength? No indeed. But “salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.” Almighty power is a strong wall, though invisible, – this power worketh in us and about us.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/he-holdeth-an-invisible-grip-of-us.89943/, Comment 1

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Why Not His Body?

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 430:

Oft times men’s souls are perplexed and tossed about future events, careful for to-morrow. This is a great torment of spirit, it cutteth and divideth it, – putteth a man to his own providence, as if there were no God; but he that trusteth in God is established in this, “His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” He hath committed his soul to him, and why may he not his body? He hath nothing but his promise for eternal salvation, and may not that same suffice for temporal? He careth for me, saith faith, why then should we both care about one thing? He hath given his Son for me, the most precious gift which the world cannot match, and will he not with him give all these lesser things? And thus the believer encloseth himself within the Father’s love and providence, and is fixed, not fearing evil tidings; for what tidings can be evil, seeing our Father hath the sovereign disposing of all affairs, and knoweth what is best for us?

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/his-heart-is-fixed-trusting-in-the-lord.89932/, Comment 1

A Mind Calm and Serene

Hugh Binning, Works, pp. 424-425:

Should not a believer’s mind be calm and serene, seeing the true light hath shined; it should be as the upper world, where no blasts, no storms or clouds are to eclipse the sun, or cloud it. While our peace and tranquillity is borrowed from outward things, certainly it must change; but a believer’s peace and tranquillity of mind, having its rise from above, from the unchangeable word of the Lord, it needeth not to change according to the vicissitudes of providence. He needeth not to care beforehand, because there is one who careth for him; and what needeth both to care? He needeth not be disquieted or troubled after, because it shall turn about to his good; all things shall do so, Rom. 8:28. He needeth not be anxious about future events, because he hath all his burden cast upon another by prayer and supplication. What needeth he then take a needless burden? Prayer will do that which care pretends and cannot do, and that without trouble. He needeth not be troubled when things are present, for he cannot by his thought either add or diminish, take away or prevent. There is one good and necessary thing that his heart is upon, and that cannot be taken from him; and therefore all things else are indifferent, and of small concernment to him.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/a-believer%E2%80%99s-peace-of-mind.89894/

Better Afflicted Than Guilty

Rutherford (1644): “(6) It is much better to be afflicted than to be guilty, and that the church may have pardon, and want [‘lack’] peace.

(7) That the faith which is more precious than gold, can bid the devil do his worst, and that the patience of the saints can out-weary the malice of Babylon or Babel, on whose skirts is found the blood of the saints.

(8) That it is now and ever true, ‘as when a hungry man dreams, and behold he eats, but he awakens and his soul is empty, or, as when a thirsty man drinks, but he awakes, and behold he (is) faint, so shall the multitude of all nations be that fight against mount Zion’ (Isa. 29:8).

(9) Vengeance is gone out from the Lord against those who feast upon Zion’s tears, and they must ‘die the death of the uncircumcised’ (Ezek. 28:10), ‘who clapped their hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all their despite against the land of Israel’ (Ezek. 25:6).

(10) They are in no better condition who refuse to help the Lord against the mighty, and whose heart is as a stone and a piece of dead flesh, at all the revolutions and tossings of Christ’s Kingdom, who dance, eat and laugh within their own orb, and if their desires be concentric to the world and themselves, care not whether Joseph dies in the stocks or not [Ps. 105:18], or whether Zion sinks or swims; because whatever they had of religion, it was never their mind both to summer and winter Jesus Christ.”

Samuel Rutherford, “To the Christian Reader,” prefixed to his House of Commons sermon, Sermons Preached Before the English Houses of Parliament by the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly of Divines 1643–1645 (Naphtali Press, 2011) 388–389. Limited Printing. Out of Print!

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/rutherford-it-is-much-better-to-be-afflicted-than-to-be-guilty.95848/, Comment 1

The Children of God in Affliction

It is with us as with children sent on an errand. If they meet with apples or flowers by the way, they linger and are in no great hurry to get home, but if anything frightens them, then they run with all the speed they can to their father’s house. So in prosperity, we gather the apples and flowers and do not give much thought to heaven, but if troubles begin to arise and the times grow frightful, then we make more haste to heaven and with David ‘run the way of God’s commandments’ (Psa. 119:32).

Thomas Watson – the Godly Man’s Picture

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/children-of-god-in-affliction.94116/, Comment 1

Tested Faith Brings Experience

“No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.”

Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon

Source: https://survivalblog.com/editors-quote-day-407/

It Might Have Been Worse With Us Than It Is

Richard Sibbes (Works, Works, Vol. 4, p. 82):

[Consider] how God in justice remembereth mercy. ‘Many,’ he saith not, ‘all,’ and ‘many of you are weak;’ he takes not all away with death. It is a mercy, then, that the correction is outward in the body, weak in body, and sick. There was not a spiritual giving up to hardness of heart. Beloved! if we consider what kind of judgments spiritual judgments are, to have a seared conscience, and a hard and desperate heart, which are forerunners of hell and of eternal judgment and damnation, we would much prize mercy in judgment. Oh! it is not so with God’s church. Their visitations are in the outward man; they are weak, and sick, and die, but God is merciful to their souls, as we shall see after. And it should be an art we should learn and labour to be expert in, to consider God’s gracious dealing in the midst of his correction, that in the midst of corrections we might have thankful, and cheerful, and fruitful hearts, which we shall not have, except we have some matter of thankfulness. Consider, doth God make me weak? He might have struck me with death, or if not taken away my mortal life, he might have given me up to a spiritual death, to a hard heart, to desperation, &c. So let us search out in the visitations that we are in, always some matter of mitigation, and we shall always find that it might have been worse with us than it is.​

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/in-judgment-he-remembers-mercy.92060/, Comment 1