Tuesday, August 11, 2009

When all things forbid you to hope

Remember that to trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust him in the dark - that is faith. To rest upon God when everything witnesses with God is nothing, but to believe God when everything gives him the lie - that is faith. To believe that all shall go well when outward providences blow softly is any fool’s play, but to believe that it must and shall be well when storms and tempests are round about you, and you are blown farther and farther from the harbour of your desire, this is a work of grace. By this shall you know whether you are a child of God or not, by seeing whether you can exercise faith in the power of prayer when all things forbid you to hope.

From a sermon entitled "Unstaggering Faith," delivered February 3, 1867. Image by Geof Wilson under Creative Commons License.

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