Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Emmons: comfort under affliction

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
    Feast of All Saints
Who can speak and have it happen
    if the Lord has not decreed it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
    that both calamities and good things come?
    —Lamentations 3:37-38 (NIV)
    We are apt to overlook the hand and heart of God in our afflictions, and to consider them as mere accidents, and unavoidable evils. This view makes them absolute and positive evils, which admit of no remedy or relief. If we view our troubles and trials aside from the divine design and agency in them, we cannot be comforted.
    ... Nathanael Emmons (1745-1840) (see the book)
    See also Lam. 3:37-38; Ex. 19:5-6; 1 Sam. 2:6-8; Isa. 51:12-13; Jer. 23:24; Amos 4:6-10; 1 Cor. 10:26
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I acknowledge that you are the author of all that is.
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