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Mourn Until God Gives Comfort

            We must mourn till he that has wounded us shall come and heal us, Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up (Hos. 6:1).  It is an easy matter to wound, but not so easy to cure and heal again; it is the prerogative in this case that belongs chiefly to God. The flesh can vex us and Satan can tear and trouble us and wound us, but none of these can cure us again; but now God can as well heal as wound.  Here is one thing further to be observed, that the prophet does not say that sin or Satan has wounded us, and God will heal us; but he has wounded us, and he will heal us and bind us up; for a man may have these wounds by sin and Satan, and yet no true cure, the cure that these physicians can give us are of no value: is either to cast a man into a deep or rather a dead sleep of security and hardness of heart, or to suffer him to fall into despair, and hasten his own untimely death as Judas and [illegible] did; but where God once b y his spirit smites the heart with true remorse for sin, then he is moved by the same spirit to seek unto God for the cure of that wound as it was with Elisha that after Elijah had put his mantle upon him, he presently comes after him (1 Kings 19:19).  So whereas the Lord shall be pleased to work in us a true sight of our misery, he never does it without some hoep of mercy, that when we feel our burden we might likewise come unto him for ease and comfort.  These are those comfortable [comforting] speeches, that a father pitieth his own children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him (Ps. 103:13); and that promise he will not break the bruised reed nor quench the smoking flax (Matt.12:20); and taht exhortation come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will ease you (Matt. 11:28).