While all men seek after happiness, scarcely one in a hundred looks for it from God.
We must not think that God takes no notice of us, when He does not answer our wishes: for He has a right to distinguish what we truly need.
"Predestination, rightly understood, brings no shaking of faith but rather its best confirmation." (Inst. 3.24.9)
Here is a beautiful antithesis. In ourselves we are scattered, in Christ we are gathered together.
Let us not hesitate to await the Lord’s coming, not only with longing, but also with groaning and sighs, as the happiest thing of all.
"The elect are gathered into Christ's flock by a call not immediately at birth, and not all at the same time, but according as it pleases God to dispense his grace to them. But before they are gathered unto that supreme Shepherd, they wander scattered in the wilderness common to all; and they do not differ at all from others except that they are protected by God's especial mercy from rushing headlong into the final ruin of death." (Inst. 3.24.10)