at one stage of Christian experience we cannot believe unless we have some sign or some great manifestation of feeling. we feel our fleece, like Gideon, and if it is wet we are willing to trust God. this may be true faith, but it is imperfect. it always looks for feeling or some token beside the Word of God. it marks quite an advance in faith when we trust God without feelings. it is blessed to believe without having emotion.
the first phase of faith believes when there are favorable emotions, the second believes when there is the absence of feeling, but this third form of faith believes God and His Word when circumstances, emotions, appearances, people, and human reason all urge to the contrary.
may God give us faith to fully trust His Word though everything else witness the other way.
what is the time to trust?
is it when hopes beat high,
when sunshine gilds the sky,
and joy and ecstasy fill all the heart?
nay! but the time to trust
is when our joy is fled,
when sorrow bows the head,
and all is cold and dead,
all else but God.