Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting! Psalm 41:13
Since God is eternal, he has eternal power to match his word. His promises are established upon his eternity, and are solid ground for our trust. He can never come short of the capacity to help us. His word is the foundation of our trust, and his eternity gives us assurance that he is able to perform it. All of his plans are eternal like himself, and the fruit of his eternal counsel. Men may break their promises, because they are made without foresight, but God, that inhabits eternity, will ever change his purpose. Though there may appear variations to our sight, yet God, who is eternally true to his word, sits at the helm, and the winds and the waves obey him. Though he should defer his promises a thousand years, yet he is not slack with regard to his promise (2 Pet. 3:8-9). The short duration of mankind is set out in Scripture by the vanishing grass. Life is a flower soon withered, a vapour soon vanishing, or a smoke soon disappearing. The strongest man is but compacted dust. Let the consideration of God’s eternity turn our love from the world and momentary pleasures to and everlasting God. Alas, what is the earth compared with the vast heavens, the seat of angels and blessed spirits! It is but an atom to the greatest mountain, or a drop of dew to the immense ocean. How foolish to prefer a drop before the sea! By frequent mediation of God’s eternity, we should become more sensible of the trifling nature of the world. Are we not worthy of contempt to dote upon a perishing glory, to expect support from an arm of flesh when there is an eternal beauty to ravish us, and an eternal arm to protect us? God is our portion forever. The proffers of the world are ridiculous when compared with the eternity of God.
Over the past fifty years there has been a great resurgence of interest in the writings of the Puritans. The reading of their works has brought great benefit to the people of God in many lands. Christians from many different backgrounds and cultures owe a great debt of gratitude to those faithful pastors and preachers who continue to speak through their writings even though they have long since entered into their heavenly reward. The Puritans really knew how to teach and apply God’s Word in the Spirit’s power!
Richard Rushing has compiled this book of daily devotional readings from his favorite Puritan authors because of the great help he has gained from their works. “How thrilling it has been for me to read the Puritans on the glory and attributes of God, divine providence, fellowship with God, holiness of life and the mortification of indwelling sin, heavenly mindedness, prayer, evangelistic zeal, and trust in the Lord during times of affliction. At every turn these truths are eloquently taught, faithfully applied, and kindly offered as the subject of sweet spiritual meditation.”
This book is sent forth with the prayer that it will open a door to the vast stores of treasure to be found in the writings of the Puritans and that it will stimulate further exploration of this rich spiritual inheritance.