Tokens of Mercy

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; -2 Corinthians 4:17

So you say you have had so many trials in life, and so many strivings of conscience, that therefore you feel you must be too guilty to be saved. Do you think that you have been punished for your sins? Permit me to remind you that this is not the place where the Judge of all the earth usually punishes sin; His wrath He reserves for the day of judgment and the world to come…Ships sink whether men are at prayer, or whether they are cursing God. Providence here is not ordered according to the rule by which God shall dispense His favors or His fury in the world to come. This is the land of long-suffering rather than of execution. This is the land where God in His wise providence rather brings us to repentance than to punishment…and your having more afflictions than others, may be because God loves you; certainly it is not because He hates you. I have seen the wicked in great power, spreading themselves like green bay-trees; and I have seen them in their death too, and they are not in trouble as other men, neither are they plagued like other men; they are at ease, they are settled on their lees; they are not emptied from vessel to vessel. As for God’s people, they are chastened every morning, and vexed every evening and the Lord’s hand lieth heavy on them; yet there is God’s goodness in that heavy hand, and infinite lovingkindness in their tribulations.

I pray you then, do not misconstrue your sufferings of body and mind, they may be tokens of mercy; they certainly are not indicators of any special wrath.~ C.H. Spurgeon


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