OUR MISERIES, MESSENGERS OF MERCY
Often in this present world, the most wicked men are the
most prosperous, while the most holy are the most afflicted.
This present world is not the place where the Judge of
all usually punishes sin. He ordinarily reserves his
wrath for the day of judgment, and the world to come.
This is not the land of punishment, and your having more
afflictions than others, may be because God loves you;
certainly it is not because he hates you.
Some of Godís people are chastened every morning, and
vexed every evening and the Lordís hand lies heavy on them.
Yet there is God's goodness in that heavy hand,
and infinite lovingkindness in their tribulations.
God only gives the wicked prosperity as we give husks
to swine-- he gives them this world's transient things
because he loves them not.
I beg you then, do not misconstrue your sufferings
of body and mind-- they may be tokens of mercy;
they certainly are not indicators of any special wrath.