August 26

 

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,   1 Corinthians 1:26-28

 

God exercises His sovereignty in the advantages He bestows upon the low and mean, and denying the wise and great.  Christ sovereignty passes by the gates of princes and nobles, and enters some cottage and dwells there, and has communion with its obscure inhabitants.  God sovereignty withheld salvation from the rich man who fared sumptuously every day, and bestowed it on poor Lazarus, who sat begging at his gate.  God sometimes passes by wise men, men of great understanding, learned and great scholars, and bestows salvation on others of weak understanding, who only comprehend some of the plainer parts of Scripture and the fundamental principles of the Christian religion.  Yea, there seem to be fewer great men called than others.

God exercises His sovereignty in the advantages He bestows upon some.  All need salvation alike, and all are naturally alike underserving of it; but He assigns their place in pious and religious families where they may be well-instructed and educated, and have religious parents to dedicate them to God and put up many prayers for them.  God places some under a more powerful ministry than others.  To some He gives much more of the strivings and the awakening influences of the Spirit than to others.  It is according to hid sovereign pleasure.

 

 

 

Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards

 

Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format.  Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional.  Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.

 

It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards.  You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.

 

 

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