November 27th, 2019

to climb the divine ladder of faith

It is 12:57 PM Wednesday afternoon here in West Michigan. It is a cold gray wet extremely windy day. I just got back from walking our oldest son's dog Ollie and it sure was cold and windy out there in the Wasteland! It is a blessing to come into a warm house after walking in the cold. I notice when I got back from walking Ollie Carol had gone to bed to take a nap.

I got up this morning around 6:40 AM. Carol had been up since 4 o'clock AM this morning. Carol typically goes to bed real early and gets up early. She usually starts falling asleep around 8 o'clock PM each night. I often sit across from my wife in our living room reading and I look over to see this old woman who is my wife falling asleep. My wife constantly goes all day and when it gets dark she slowly goes to sleep. My basic routine is to go to bed around 11 o'clock PM and get up around 6:30 PM. Sometimes I might doze 30 minutes during the middle of the afternoon. I usually read and go into a deep contemplative state that could be seen as dozing.

This morning I mainly read the mystical treatise 'The Ascent of Mount Carmel' by St John of the Cross. I think last night I made video while my wife was gone to a Woman's Book Club.

There is not much else to report this afternoon. Carol and I are watching Ollie while our son and his family have a meal with his wife's family. They are predicted to be home tomorrow and will pick up Ollie. Ollie knows we are his Grandparents.

Besides reading St John of the Cross I have written several pages in my paper diary today. I plan to sit in silence this afternoon and listen to the wind howl. There is no way of escape.
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Waiting For The Son And Perseverance

"John Calvin: As however, it is a thing that is more than simply difficult, in so great a corruption of our nature, he shows at the same time what it is that retains and confirms us in the fear of God and obedience to him-"waiting for Christ." For unless we are stirred up to the hope of eternal life, the world will quickly draw us to itself. For as it is only confidence in the divine goodness that induces us to serve God, so it is only the expectation of final redemption that keeps us from giving way. Let everyone, therefore, that would persevere in a course of holy life, apply their whole mind to an expectation of Christ's coming. It is also worthy of notice that he uses the expression "waiting for Christ" instead of the hope of everlasting salvation. For, unquestionably, without Christ we are ruined and thrown into despair, but when Christ shows himself, life and prosperity at the same time shine forth upon us. Let us bear in mind, however, that this is said to believers exclusively, for as for the wicked, he will come to be their Judge, so they can do nothing but tremble in looking for him.

This is what he afterwards adds-that Christ "delivers us from the wrath to come." For this is felt by none but those who, being reconciled to God by faith, have their conscience already pacified; otherwise, his name is dreadful. Christ, it is true, delivered us by his death from the anger of God, but the import of that deliverance will become apparent on the last day. This statement, however, consists of two departments. The first is that the wrath of God and everlasting destruction are impending over the human race, inasmuch as "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." The second is that there is no way of escape but through the grace of Christ; for it is not without good grounds that Paul assigns to him this office. It is, however, an inestimable gift that the pious, whenever mention is made of judgment, know that Christ will come as a Redeemer to them.

In addition to this, he says emphatically, "the wrath to come," that he may rouse up pious minds, lest they should fail from looking at the present life. For as faith is a "looking at things that do not appear," nothing is less befitting than that we should estimate the wrath of God according as anyone is afflicted in the world; as nothing is more absurd than to take hold of the transient blessings that we enjoy, that we may from them form an estimate of God's favor. While, therefore, on the one hand, the wicked sport themselves at their ease, and we, on the other hand, languish in misery, let us learn to fear the vengeance of God, which is hidden from the eyes of flesh, and take our satisfaction in the secret delights of the spiritual life. COMMENTARY ON FIRST THESSALONIANS
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