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A Happy (and unhappy) New Year: The Love of God in Them Both




…the case of the saints throughout the world…in what unspeakable variety are they dealt with! some under persecution always,—some always at peace; some in dungeons and prisons,—some at liberty in their own houses; the saints of one nation under great oppression for many ages,—of another, in quietness; in the same places some poor, in great distress, put hard to it for daily bread all their lives,—others abounding in all things; some full of various afflictions, going softly and mourning all their days,—others spared, and scarce touched with the rod at all;—and yet, commonly, the advantage of holiness and close walking with God lying on the distressed side…

Should you come into a great house, and see some children in scarlet, having all things needful, others hewing wood and drawing water,—you would conclude that they are not all children, but some children, some slaves: but when it shall be told you that they are all one man’s children ; and that the hewers of wood, that live on the bread and water of affliction, and go in tattered rags, are as dear to him as the other; and that he intends to leave them as good an inheritance as any of the rest;—if you intend not to question the wisdom and goodness of the father of the family, you must resolve to submit to his authority with a quiet subjection of mind. So is it in the great family of God; nothing will quiet our souls, but humbling ourselves to the law of his providence.

~John Owen

from a sermon entitled Of Walking Humbly With Godvolume 9 of Works, page 114-5

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