“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
“By your patience possess your souls.” Luke 21:19
Christians must suffer patiently; and patience is their armor, while God is fighting for them. But when we are unwilling to suffer, going about to make complaints everywhere and to seek human comfort or to rid ourselves by our own contrivances, we lose the comfort of the Lord’s help. We are stirring up the wasp-nest of our unruly thoughts, and bring more trouble upon ourselves and others. Nay, we are fighting against God, who thereby intends to cure our impatience, pride, and anger. The more peevish we are, the more desperate is our disease; and consequently, we have so much more need of such sharp but wholesome trials of affliction to mortify these bad passions.
Therefore we must not presume to murmur or complain, which will only make bad worse. He who through impatience will flee from one trouble, may run into ten others. And though it were possible to free ourselves from trouble — yet the help is not so glorious and blessed as if we had waited for the help of the Lord.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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