(“The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod” or, “The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes”1659, London.)
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Hebrews 12:6
There cannot be a greater evidence of God’s hatred and wrath–than His refusing to correct men for their sinful courses and vanities!
Where God refuses to correct – there God resolves to destroy! There is no man so near God’s axe – so near the flames–so near hell – as he whom God will not so much as spend a rod upon!
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Revelation 3:19
God is most angry–when He shows no anger!
Who can seriously meditate upon this, and not be silent under God’s most smarting rod?