God is a fire that burns and warms the heart, our internal parts. If we feel coldness in our hearts, which comes from the enemy “because the enemy – the devil – is cold”, then we need to call our Lord. He will come and will warm our hearts with our love for Him and our neighbor. This warmth will drive away the coldness of the enemy.
The Desert Fathers used to say: “Seek the Lord, but do not ask Him strange things like where he is.” Because where God dwells, there is nothing bad and harmful. Everything that comes from God is peaceful and beneficial and guides us to humility and to recognize only our own faults.
God shows us how much He loves us not only when we are doing good things, but when we are also insulting Him and making Him unhappy with our sins. How forbearing He is with our faults! And even when something that we believe is a punishment from Him comes to us, it is not! It has love that we eventually recognize.
St. Seraphim of Sarov
Translated by Dr. Nick Stergiou