Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
Chapter 18, Paragraph 4.
“…by God’s withdrawing the light of his countenance and suffering even such as fear him to walk in darkness and to have no light;…”
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
These are words the Lord gives to comfort those that are His. He does not lie.
There are times, though, when true believers do not have the light of His countenance upon them. The Lord has sovereignly purposed for these children of His to experience walking in darkness. The blessing of God’s favor is not felt. Rather, His displeasure and discipline are constantly before her. At these times, assurance of salvation wanes.
What should a Christian do in such situations? Knowing that assurance can falter during such times helps to prepare for if those times come. If you have sin to confess, He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. The promises of God have not changed, even if our feelings have. Remember that, when the darkness engulfs you and you don’t know when His face will shine on you again.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. -James 4:8
Questions to Consider
- Have you ever experienced God withdrawing His countenance?