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Sucking Honey from a Rock

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"God causes his people to suck honey out of a rock; that is, he causes good to arise to them when they are in a state that is very remote from it, and one would think it impossible that they should receive it."

Don't be discouraged, though things seem to look dark again. You meet with difficulties, and God hides his face, and you have great temptations and an evil and corrupt heart; God is able to make you to suck honey out of the rock again. If it looks like a wilderness to you, he is able to cause waters to break forth in the desert again as he did before. [p.129]

And again, God sometimes makes their own sins and falls an occasion of their good. When they have committed sin, they are more humble and place their confidence more in God and less in themselves. And when they have recovered themselves, they are more careful to avoid sin for the future, and more diligent to clear themselves of the remains of sin; 2 Corinthians 7:11, "This selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves." Peter, when he was converted after his fall, was stronger and more firmly fixed in grace and holiness than he was before. Therefore Christ bids him when he is converted to strengthen his brethren [John 21:15–17].


Source: Jonathan Edwards [1730], Sermons and Discourses, 1730-1733 (WJE Online Vol. 17), Ed. Mark Valeri.

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