Sometimes we think that the Lord does not love us because we do not feel or know His love. But do we not love our children even when they are young and do not know us? … We may think that because we have so many sins, or so many afflictions, that therefore the Lord does not love us, but do we judge righteously? Have our children no love from us when they are sick? God knows our mold that we are but dust. He has freely chosen us to be His children, and therefore (notwithstanding all our sins and sufferings) He loves us still. If He sees Ephraim bemoaning his stubbornness, as well as sickness, the Lord cries out, and cannot refrain: “Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:20).
Isaac Ambrose, Prima, Media, and Ultima (1674), 79.