Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Awful Silence of God

I am reading through Thomas Brooks's Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices and came across this startling statement:
God is most angry when he shews no anger. God keep me from this mercy; this kind of mercy is worse than all other kinds of mercy. (p. 25)
Brooks goes on to show the blessing of God's chastening the ones whom he loves.
It is mercy that our affliction is not an execution, but a correction (Ps. 94:12; Prov. 3:12, 13, 16; Obad. 6, 13; Isa. 9:1, et seq.): he that hath deserved hanging may be glad to escape with a whipping. God's corrections are our instructions, his lashes our lessons, his scourges our schoolmasters, his chastisements our advertisements [or admonitions]... Whence Luther fitly calls affliction 'The Christian man's divinity.' (pp. 25-26)