Human Nature in its Fourfold State by Thomas Boston, 1676-1732
You have no reason to complain, as long as you are out of hell. “Why does a living man complain?” Lam. 3:39. If one, who has forfeited his life, is banished from his native country, and exposed to many hardships, he may well bear all patiently, seeing his life is spared. Do you murmur, because you are under pain and sickness? Nay, bless God, you are not there where the worm never dies! Do you grudge, that you are not in so good a condition in the world as some of your neighbors are? Be thankful, rather, that you are not in the condition of the damned! Is your substance gone from you? Wonder that the fire of God’s wrath has not consumed you! Kiss the rod, O sinner! and acknowledge mercy; for God “punishes us less than our iniquities deserve,” Ezra 9:13.