Oliver Heywood on spiritual desertion

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3d. Case. Whether may God carry it strangely, as if he were an Enemy to a New Creature, that should seem to be his darling?

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Thou art a Stranger to Scripture, and the Experiences of all God’s Children, if thou think God must always be dandling this New Creature on his Knee, or giving it the Kisses of his Mouth; no, no, he hath reserved these Sweat-meats for the upper Table in Heaven: there’s great reason thou should have his Frowns, as well as Smiles, to humble thy Heart, exercise thy Graces, discover the necessity of Christ, the desirableness of Heaven: God can and may, without any impediment to his Love, hide it for a season from his own dearest Child: David indeed called in question God’s Love and Faithfulness, when he hid his Face; but at last, he found that it was his Infirmity, and doubtless, lamented it as his Sin: ...

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