A posing question, put by the wise man, viz. Solomon, to the wisest men concerning making a judgment of the temporal conditions : wherein you have the ignorance of man (in knowing, what is good, or evil, for man in this life) discovered, together, with the mistakes that flow from it : and the great question resolved, viz. whether the knowledg of, what is good for a man in this life, be so hid from man, that no man can attain it
Baxter, Benjamin, Preacher of the Gospel., Baxter, Richard, 1615-1691.

CHAP. XI.

  • Quest. How a man may know, Whether an Afflicted Condition be Good for him.
  • 1. He must make a Judgment of himself.
  • Two Questions to be put to our selves in that Condition.
    • 1. What we do in it.
    • 2. What we make of it.
  • 1. What a man is to do in that Condition?
  • 1. To find out, What an Affliction comes in Order to.
  • 2. To set in with the Affliction, and to further it in the work, for which it is sent.
  • 3. To eye our Passions and Affections, more than our Afflictions.
  • 4. To eye our Sins, more than our Sufferings.
    • Five things to move us to it.
  • 5. To keep our Hearts open Heaven-ward.
  • 6. To keep the Ear open to Counsel.
  • 7. Framing the Heart, to a Pious Submission to God.
  • 8. Laying the Affliction to heart.
    • A two-fold laying Affliction to heart.
      • 1. Carnal, sinful, hurtful.
      • 2. Spiritual, holy, helpful.
  • Page  [unnumbered] 9. Patient Waiting
    • On God.
    • For God.
  • 10. Making all out of God, that we need in that Con∣dition.