Odds and Ends - February 2019
Consider God in your own experiences of him. There is a taste and sight of his goodness. This surpasses the greatest capacity of a mere natural understanding. Have not many of you found the delightful, gentle moving of God into your souls, sprinkled with his inward blessings as you seek him? Have you not sensed his gentle rebuke in your conscience when you are slipping away from him? Have you not found sometimes an invisible hand raising you up when you were dejected, or some unexpected providence stepping in for your relief? Our hearts can easily realize that it was not a work of chance.
. . . As it is a folly to deny the being of God, it is also a folly not to worship him as God. Worship is his right, as he is the author of our being and the fountain of our happiness. By worship we acknowledge his deity. We might profess his being, yet we practically deny him if we neglect his worship. To deny him worship is just as great a folly as to deny his being.
Stephen Charnock – excerpt from Voices From the Past, Puritan Devotional Readings, p. 31
“Sometimes I go to God and say, "God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God has already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.”―
The road of life
God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry
chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies gray and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost their courage.
Flood the path with light,
turn our eyes to where
the skies are full of promise;
tune our hearts to brave music;
give us the sense of comradeship
with heroes and saints of every age;
and so quicken our spirits
that we may be able to encourage
the souls of all who journey with us
on the road of life,
to your honor and glory.
You remember the story of the three wonders in heaven. The first wonder was that we should see so many there we did not expect to see. The second was that we should miss so many we did expect to see there. But the third wonder would be the greatest wonder of all—to see ourselves there.