Some people are prevented by pride from accepting God’s free gift. They would rather do something great than to simply believe. Sadly, their pride makes them fools. The natural heart rebels against the simplicity of salvation. It cannot understand it because it does not love it. If this is your problem, which makes you turn aside and foolishly refuse God’s offer – then go to God about it and ask for wisdom from him. He will teach you that to simply trust in the LORD Jesus is the safest and most suitable way of salvation. He will make you see that if the way of salvation had been by doing, the method would not have suited you. What could you do? If salvation had been by feeling, it would not have suited you either – for what can your hard heart feel? Since it is by faith, it is therefore by grace.
Many are made foolish by their despair. Nothing makes a man seems so much like a maniac, as the one without hope. Poor man! I do not wonder that such are driven to despair, when they see the blackness of sin. It doesn’t surprise me that they are ready even to do themselves harm. It is not strange for men to be so tempted when they are under a sense of sin. If such can be calm and quiet, the way of peace can be plainly presented to them and they might understand that there is no reason for despair – since Jesus died and rose again, and is able to save to the uttermost them that come to God through him. Unfortunately such people cannot give a calm hearing because they are so distracted that they think this truth applies to everybody, but not to them. They are much troubled up and down in their thoughts. I advise such, to seek wisdom from God. The safest road is thought to be the most dangerous and that which leads to Christ is thought to lead to hell. The way of life to a lost soul is a new road. Such a person makes many mistakes because he lacks wisdom about it. Ask God for wisdom, and he will gladly give it – freely.
Others, ever since they started thinking about the LORD Jesus, things haven’t gone well in their lives. They seem to have gone from good to bad and from bad to worse. Strangely, troubles are not within only, but outwards as well. Your friends are telling you that you have gone mad – partly from circumstances which you have no control over. It is not unusual for God to make a complete shipwreck of the ship in which his own people are on board, although he still fulfils his promise – that not even a hair of their head shall perish and not one bone broken. It is not unusual for God to add, to the inward confusion and chaos of conscience, the outward afflictions as well. These are meant for proud, stubborn hearts that they may be humbly brought to the feet of Jesus. The LORD loves you that much. If it requires troubles and hardships to bring you to your senses, then he will employ those. And indeed, who can find fault with him? Let God be true and every man a liar.
“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask God who will give it, for God gives generously and graciously to all.” – James 1:5