Good Is Determined by Faith, Not Feeling

“…good is not to be determined by feeling, but by faith. The rod is a sore thing for the present; but the bitter root will yield sweet fruit. If we come to a person under the cross, and ask him, What! is it good to feel the lashes of God’s correcting hand, to be kept poor and sickly, exercised with losses and reproaches, to part with friends and relations, to lose a beloved child? sense will complain.  But this poor creature, after he hath been exercised and mortified, and gotten some renewed evidences of God’s favour, ask him then, Is it good to be afflicted?  ‘Oh! yes; I had else been vain, neglectful of God, wanted such an experience of the Lord’s grace.’ Faith should determine the case, when we feel it not.”  –Thomas Manton “Psalm 119 – Vol. 2” p. 114-115 (v. 71)

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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