August 5

 

For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,   Psalm 95:7-8

 

It is necessary that we should submit to God as our absolute Sovereign, and the Sovereign over our souls.  We may guard those who seek salvation from two opposite extremes – presumption and discouragement.

Do not presume upon the mercy of God and so encourage yourself in sin.  Many hear that God’s mercy is infinite, and therefore think that if they delay seeking salvation for the present, and seek it hereafter, that God will bestow His grace upon them.  But consider that though God’s grace is sufficient, yet He is sovereign, and will use His own pleasure whether He will save you or not.  If you put off salvation till hereafter, salvation will not be in your power.  It will be as a sovereign God pleases whether you shall obtain it or not.  Seeing, therefore, that in this affair you are so absolutely dependent on God, it is best to follow His direction in seeking it, which is to hear His voice today.

Beware also of discouragement.  Take heed of despairing thoughts because you are a great sinner, because you have persevered so long in sin, have backsliden, and resisted the Holy Spirit.  Remember that, let your case be what it may and you are ever so great a sinner, if you have not committed the sin against the Holy Spirit, God can bestow mercy upon you without the least prejudice to the honor of His holiness, his majesty, His justice, His truth, or any of His attributes which you have offended.

 

 

 

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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