Calvin Quote on Fading Flowers vs. a Lifetime of Fruit

“It is not to be supposed that God takes a cruel pleasure in the trouble of his servants; but he thus tries all their affections, that He may not leave any lurking-places undiscovered in their hearts. We see many persons zealous for a short time, who afterwards become frozen; why is this, but because they build without a foundation?”

“Wherefore, if we desire to follow God with constancy, it behoves us carefully to meditate on all the inconveniences, all the difficulties, all the dangers which await us; that not only a hasty zeal may produce fading flowers, but that from a deep and well-fixed root of piety, we may bring forth fruit in our whole life.”

From Calvin’s Commentary on Genesis 12:1

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