September 9

 

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.   Psalm 73:25

 

It is the spirit of a godly man to prefer God before all other things on earth.  There is the enjoyment of God, for which he hopes hereafter, which is better than anything in this world.  The saints prefer what of God may be obtained in this world before all things in the world.  They not only prefer those glorious degrees of the enjoyment of God which are promised hereafter before anything in this world, but even such degrees as may be attained to here in this present state, though they are immensely short of what is to be enjoyed in heaven.  There is a great difference in the spiritual attainments of the saints in this world.  Some attain to much greater acquaintance and communion with God, and conformity to Him, than others.  But the highest attainments are very small in comparison with what is future.

The saint prefers what he has already of God before anything in this world.  That which was infused into his heart at his conversion is more precious to him than anything which the world can afford.  The knowledge and acquaintance which he has with God, though it is but little, he would not part with for anything that the world can afford.  The views which are sometimes given him of the beauty and excellency of God are more precious to him than all the treasures of the wicked.  The image of God stamped on his soul he values more than any earthly ornaments.

 

 

 

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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