Understand, O dullest of the people!
Fools, when will you be wise?
9He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? 10He whodisciplines the nations, does he not rebuke? He who teaches man knowledge—
11the LORD—knows the thoughts of man,
that they are but a breath. Psalm 94:8-11
This blindness is not a merely negative ignorance. There is no fault to be found with man’s natural faculties. There is a principle in the heart that hinders the exercises of his faculties about the things of religion. God will make all men know the truth of those things which He speaks of in His Word one way or another; for He will vindicate His own truth. God will make them know that He is the Lord. And He will make them know that He bears rule (Psalm 59:13).
What great care we all need to have so that we are not deceived in matter of religion. Let us, therefore, be warned to take heed that we are not deceived about our duty, our hearts, our ways, our state, or our opportunities. How foolish a thing it is for men to lean on their own understanding and trust their own hearts. They are fools who trust their own wisdom, and will not trust the infinite wisdom of God. Let us therefore become fools and be sensible of our own natural blindness and folly. Seeing your own ignorance and blindness is the first step towards having true knowledge. Let us ask wisdom of God. We have nowhere else to go for it but to the Fountain of light and wisdom. True wisdom is a precious jewel, and none of our fellow creatures can give it to us, nor can we buy it with any price we have to give. It is the sovereign gift of God.
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.