Light to know God’s mind in affliction

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Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:204-205:

God’s grace helps with light to know God’s mind in affliction. It is dreadful to be struck in the dark, when a man neither seeth the path he walks in, nor the hand that smiteth him, nor the weapon he is smote with. The great blessing that grace can help us to, is, to know what the rod means, what its voice is, who hath appointed it, and what of God’s name is written on the rod, Micah 6:9. Job was very earnest for this light, Job 10:2, I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me. Elihu adviseth him well, Job 34:31, 32, Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more. That which I see not, teach thou me; if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. Many a poor believer has been put to this, that if he had all the world, he would have parted with it, to have known God’s mind in his afflictions.
 
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