And all the children of Israel murmured.
"THERE are murmurers amongst Christians now,
as there were in the camp of Israel of old.
There are those who, when the rod falls, cry out "Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?"
A word with thee, O murmurer! Why shouldst thou murmur against thy heavenly Father? Can He treat thee more hardly than thou deservest? Consider what a rebel thou wast once, but He has pardoned thee!
Surely, if He in His wisdom sees fit now to chasten thee, thou shouldst not complain. After all, art thou smitten as hardly as thy sins deserve? Consider the corruption which is in thy breast, and then wilt thou wonder that there needs so much of the rod to fetch it out?
Weigh thyself, and discern how much dross is mingled with thy gold; and dost thou think the fire too hot to purge away so much dross as thou hast?
Does not that proud rebellious spirit of thine prove that thy heart is not thoroughly sanctified?
Are not those murmuring words contrary to the holy submissive nature of God's children? Is not the correction needed?
All His corrections are sent in love, to purify thee, and to draw thee nearer to Himself."