Martin Luther on finding life unbearable

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Our Lord Christ also found life to be unpleasant and burdensome, yet he was unwilling to die unless it was his Father’s will. He fled from death, held onto life as long as he could, and said, “My time is not yet come.”

Elijah, Jonah, and other prophets likewise found life unendurable, cried out in their agony for death, and even cursed the day on which they were born, yet they had to fight against their weariness of life and continue to live until their hour had come.

Such words and examples you must truly obey and imitate as words and admonitions from the Holy Ghost, and you must cast out and reject the thoughts that impel you to act otherwise.

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I was convicted of this attitude quite recently through a portion of Iain Murray's book "The Puritan Hope." He relates a conversation of George Whitefield. addressing the ministers in his audience whom he encouraged by telling them they would "soon go to rest." They generally consented except Mr. Tennent who said:

"it is no pleasure to me at all, and if you knew your duty it would be none to you. I have nothing to do with death; my business is to live as long as I can - as well as I can- and to serve my Lord and Master as faithfully as I can, until he shall think proper to call me home." (page 231)
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