by Arthur W. Pink
Philologos Religious Online Books
Studies in the Scriptures
by Arthur W. Pink
DISTRESS OF MIND.
I am sorry to hear lowness of spirits continues to hang upon you: they have been your companions though neither pleasant in themselves nor profitable to the soul. Low spirits are the effects of sin: they are frequently the very workings of unbelief, refusing comfort in the Consolation of Israel through faith in the promises and declarations of the Gospel; and they are an engine by which our adversary the Devil gains more advantage against many serious Christians than by any other of his numberless devices. To what purpose, you will say, are these things mentioned to one who has so much of the unhappy experience of this powerful disease, both in body and mind? I will tell you for what purpose I mention them.
1. I would have you consider them as your sinful infirmity, and that you feel them to be exceeding sinful. 2. Consider your low spirits as an occasion of much hurt and disquiet to your soul; they rob it of present peace and expose you to many temptations in that melancholy disposition. You cannot set a proper value upon the grace of God which bringeth salvation; you do not trust yourself upon the Lord and stay yourself upon your God; you do not in hope believe against hope. How much loss does your soul sustain as to its peace and spiritual interests, by such a disposition! 3. I mention these to stir you up under the felt sense of great guilt, deep pollution, utter unworthiness, weakness and treachery, to essay taking hold of God's Everlasting Covenant made with His dear Son, and richly freighted with all the mercy your condition stands in need of and all the grace your most enlarged wishes can desire; for this Covenant is the storehouse of all the mercy of God, this Covenant is the conveyance of all grace and of all spiritual blessings to you and me. Yes, to you and me is the conveyance of the grace of God, as well-pleased in His Son to sinners, to enemies, to the stout-hearted, to backsliders, to the wretched and miserable. Are not these our characters? Surely they are. Is not the Covenant of Grace the conveyance of Christ and all spiritual blessings to sinners of these descriptions? Yes, it seems to be the design of the Scriptures to set wide open a door of hope for such wretched sinners, and so, for you and me.