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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

The Divine Will

O Lord,

I hang on thee; I see, believe, live,

         when thy will, not mine, is done;

I can plead nothing in myself

         in regard of any worthiness and grace,

         in regard of thy providence and promises,

         but only thy good pleasure.

If thy mercy make me poor and vile, blessed be thou!

Prayers arising from my needs are preparations for future mercies;

Help me to honour thee by believing before I feel,

         for great is the sin if I make feeling a cause of faith.

 

Show me what sins hide thee from me

         and eclipse thy love;

Help me to humble myself for past evils,

         to be resolved to walk with more care,

For if I do not walk holily before thee,

         how can I be assured of my salvation?

 

It is the meek and humble who are shown thy covenant,

         know thy will, are pardoned and healed,

         who by faith depend and rest upon grace,

         who are sanctified and quickened,

         who evidence thy love.

Help me to pray in faith and so find thy will,

        by leaning hard on thy rich free mercy,

         by believing thou wilt give what thou hast promised;

Strengthen me to pray with the conviction

         that whatever I receive is thy gift,

         so that I may pray until prayer be granted;

Teach me to believe that all degrees of mercy arise

         from several degrees of prayer,

         that when faith is begun it is imperfect and must grow,

         as chapped ground opens wider and wider until rain comes.

 

So shall I wait thy will, pray for it to be done,

         and by thy grace become fully obedient.

(From The Valley of Vision, a Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions)