Many who profess to possess the life of God do so with great ease, thinking very lightly of it. Their thoughts are for the most part vain and earthly, their communication unsavoury, and sometimes corrupt, their lives at best uneven and uncertain as unto the rule of obedience; yet all is well, all is life and peace!
The holy men of old did not so walk before Him. They obtained this testimony, that they pleased God. They meditated continually on God’s Word; thought of Him in the night seasons; spake of His ways, His works, His praise; their whole delight was in Him, and in all things they “followed hard after Him.”
Adapted from The Works of John Owen, 7:301.