No Ground for Despair

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Richard Sibbes (Works, Vol. 4, p. 109):

[Y]ou have a ground of impregnable comfort in all temptations whatsoever; a wondrous comfort, that God will take a course with his [children] to bring them to heaven. What a blessed course is this, that the time to come we may take in trust of God, as well as the time past? That now in the state of grace, rather than he will condemn us, he will take one course or other to bring us to heaven? Rather than David shall live in his sin, he will send Nathan to him; rather than Peter shall not repent, Christ will look back upon him; rather than God’s children shall go the broad way, God will send the devil himself to annoy them, and to infest them, and to vex them. God will be sure to lose none of his. What a comfort is this? and therefore never think that we can be in such a condition wherein there is true ground of despair. No! We cannot. We are under hope in the most woeful condition in the world. We are under hope still; for there is more mercy in God than can be sin and evil in us; and he is infinitely wise to rule all to his own ends. What if things seem untoward? They are in his hands; he hath a powerful hand to manage the worst things to good. So gloriously wise and powerful is God, that he sways the worst things. ‘All things work for the best for those that love God,’ Rom. 8:28, even the worst things in this world.​
 
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