“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children — Deuteronomy 4:9
God requires of us watchfulness and care. Be advised to consider what others say of you, and improve it to this end, to know whether you do not live in some way of sin. Although men are blind to their own failts, yet they easily discover the faults of others, and are apt enough to speak of them. Sometimes persons live in ways which do not at all become them, yet are blind to it themselves, not seeing the deformity of their own ways, while it is most plain and evident to others.
For instance, some persons are of a very proud behavior and are not sensible of it, but it appears notorious to others. Some are of a worldly spirit: they are set after the world so as to be noted for it, so as to have a name for it; yet they seem not to be sensible of it themselves. Some are of a malicious and envious spirit; and others see it, and to them it appears hateful, yet they themselves to not reflect upon it.
If others charge us with being proud, worldly, close and miserly, spiteful and malicious, or any other ill temper or practice, we should improve it in self-reflection, to inquire whether it is not so. And though the imputation may seem to us to be very groundless, and we think that they, in charging us so and so, are influenced by no good spirit, yet if we act prudently we shall take so much notice of it as to make it an occasion of examining oourselves.
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.