Dreaded calm before a storm

“He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.”

Comments on Psalm 10:6 from James Saurin, 1677-1730 found at The Treasury of David

To consider religion always on the comfortable side; to congratulate one’s self for having obtained the end before we have made use of the means; to stretch the hands to receive the crown of righteousness before they have been employed to fight the battle; to be content with a false peace, and to use no effort to obtain the graces to which true consolation is annexed: this is a dreadful calm, like that which some voyagers describe, and which is a very singular forerunner of a very terrible event. All on a sudden, in the wide ocean, the sea becomes calm, the surface of the water clear as a crystal, smooth as glass—the air serene; the unskilled passenger becomes tranquil and happy, but the old mariner trembles. In an instant the waves froth, the winds murmur, the heavens kindle, a thousand gulfs open, a frightful light inflames the air, and every wave threatens sudden death. This is an image of many men’s assurance of salvation.

—James Saurin, 1677-1730.

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