(William Gurnall, 1660)
The greatest miracle in the world is God's patience and bounty—to an ungrateful and rebellious world!
If a king has an enemy fortified in one of his towns, he does not send them provisions—but lays heavy siege to the town, and does what he can to starve them. But the great God, who could wink all His enemies into destruction, bears with them, and is at daily cost to maintain them!
But do not think, O sinners, that you shall finally escape! God's mill goes slow—but grinds small! The more admirable His patience and bounty now is—the more dreadful and unsupportable will that fury be—which arises out of His abused goodness. Nothing is smoother than the sea; yet when stirred into a tempest, nothing rages more! Just so, nothing is so sweet as the patience and goodness of God—and nothing is so dreadful as His wrath when it takes fire!
"Because of your hardness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed." Romans 2:5