Steadfastness Must Face Opposition

“The kinds of trials God exercises us with:
First.  He seems to turn a deaf ear.
Second.  He lays difficulties in our way.  1) Things contrary to our sinful inclinations  2) We are tried by sufferings, by things not only contrary to corruption, but hard to human nature.
Third.  God long defers to bestow the blessing.
Fourth.  God tests us with frowns of providence.  Jacob’s disability proved a lasting affliction.
Fifth.  God gives Satan liberty to tempt us.
Sixth.  Sometimes God takes away former advantages.
Ninth. Oftentimes the greatest trials are the last.
Two reasons why God deals thus with those who seek His blessing:
First.  Steadfastness must face opposition.  God requires steadfast seeking before He bestows His blessing for the same reason He requires seeking itself:  without this wise design people would give up seeking God and corruption would be unrestrained. 
Second. It brings us to know ourselves.
When we must deny corruption, we find that we have the needed resolution.”

–Michael Stohlmeyer notes on Jonathan Edwards “Works of…” Vol. 19  427-432

About Maureen Stohlmeyer

Grateful to have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for nearly 35 years who is now with the Lord, I would like to share from writers from the past who have strengthened our faith and walk with Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. His walk with God was deeply enriched by the writings of authors from the past and I dedicate this blog to him and to them.
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1 Response to Steadfastness Must Face Opposition

  1. glb21 says:

    I really love this and needed it too. Thanks so much.

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