Sunday Meditation – Providence

Sunday Meditation – Providence

“Providence is an act of God, whereby, according to his eternal and most wise counsel, he preserves and governs all things, and directs them all to their ends, but chiefly to his own glory. It is necessary for our hearts to be well established in this truth, that we may acknowledge God with praise for the good that comes to pass, and embrace the bad with patience. Some doubt God’s providence when it can be seen that the wicked flourish, and the godly are often exposed to poverty, contempt, and reproach. Wicked Dives feasted every day, while godly Lazarus starved at this glutton’s gate entertaining the dogs with licking his sores. Did God’s particular care furnish the glutton’s table, and only give scraps to his child? This question has been a problem for all ages. Actually, this is an affirmation, not a contradiction, of God’s providence. The world has always hated God’s children, but God sustains them amidst the rage and hatred of their enemies. Though continually oppressed, they are never rooted out of the world. We see the power and care of Almighty God to keep a bush unconsumed in the midst of fire. When he brings calamity on his own children it is for their trial. What wicked men possess of this world is all that they can ever hope for. The inequality of his providence in this life will be cleared up at the Day of Judgment. Blessings of this life may not be mercies, but snares. O never call Dives’ delicious fare ‘good things’, if it ends in torment! Was it good for him to be wrapped in purple who is now wrapped in flames? Lazarus’ sores are not evil if he now lies in Abraham’s bosom. In that day, all will be made plain. God may bless one by affliction and curse another by prosperity. Nothing is truly good but promotes eternal happiness.”

Ezekiel Hopkins

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Sunday Meditation – God Will Dispel the Darkness

Sunday Meditation – God Will Dispel the Darkness

“If Satan cannot defile God’s children, he will disgrace them; if he cannot strike his fiery darts into their consciences he will put a dead fly to their names; but God will one day clear their innocence; he will roll away their reproach. As he will make a resurrection of bodies, so of names. ‘The Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces, and the rebuke of his people shall he take away.’ Isa 25: 8. He will be the saints’ vindicator. ‘He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light.’ Psa 37: 6. The night casts its dark mantle upon the most beautiful flowers; but the light comes in the morning and dispels the darkness, and every flower appears in its orient brightness. So the wicked may by misreports darken the honour and repute of the saints; but God will dispel this darkness, and cause their names to shine forth.”

Thomas Watson

Sunday Meditation – The World’s Emptiness

Sunday Meditation – The World’s Emptiness

“If God be our Father, we shall not want anything that he sees to be good for us. ‘They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.’ God is pleased sometimes to keep his children on hard commons, but it is good for them. As sheep thrive best on short pasture, so God sees too much may not be good for his people; plenty might breed surfeit. In prosperity, men’s characters run riot. God sees it good sometimes to diet his children, and keep them short, that they may run the heavenly race the better. It was good for Jacob that there was a famine in the land; it was the means of bringing him to his son Joseph; so God’s children sometimes see the world’s emptiness, that they may acquaint themselves more with Christ’s fulness. If God sees it to be good for them to have more of the world, they shall have it. He will not let them want any good thing.”

Thomas Watson

Sunday Meditation – He Is Mine

Sunday Meditation – He Is Mine

“It does not matter where He places me or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me. For the easiest positions, He must give grace; and in the most difficult, His grace is sufficient. So, if God places me in great perplexity, must He not give me much guidance? In positions of great difficulty, much grace? In circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength? As to work, mine was never so plentiful, so responsible, or so difficult; but the weight and strain are all gone. His resources are mine, for He is mine!”

Hudson Taylor

Sunday Meditation – If God Be Our Father

Sunday Meditation – If God Be Our Father

“If God be our Father, He will take notice of the least good He sees in us; if there be but a sigh for sin, God hears it. God spies the least good in His children; He can see a grain of corn hid under chaff, grace hid under corruption. If God be our Father, He will take all we do in good part. A father takes a letter from his son kindly, though there are blots or bad English in it. What blottings are there in our holy things? If God be our Father, then He will correct us in measure. “I will correct thee in measure”; and that two ways: First, It shall be in measure, for the kind; God will not lay upon us more than we are able to bear. He knows our frame. He knows we are not steel or marble, therefore will deal gently. Second, He will correct in measure for the duration; He will not let the affliction lie on too long. If God be our Father, He will intermix mercy with all our afflictions; if He gives us wormwood to drink, He will mix it with honey. In every cloud a child of God may see a rainbow of mercy shining, As the limner mixeth dark shadows and bright colours together, so our heavenly Father mingles the dark and bright together, crosses and blessings; and is not this a great happiness, for God thus to chequer His providences, and mingle goodness with severity?”

Thomas Watson

Sunday Meditation – The One Who Knocks

Sunday Meditation – The One Who Knocks

“Consider who is knocking at the door of hearts: he who is the mighty God, Lord of lords, and King of kings (Rev. 3:20). There is not the least merit in us to engage him to knock. Here is an amazement, he does this when man is so far from deserving it. He is found by those who are not seeking him. He condescends and stoops so low when there is no necessity to do so. His sovereignty makes this low when there is no necessity to do so. His sovereignty makes this a wonder. Christ could annihilate all mankind if they had continued innocent upon the mere account of his sovereignty. After the fall, he might have executed the sentence of death upon the sons of men almost the very moment they received life. What a wonder that Christ should choose rather to offer salvation! Consider also to whom Christ condescends. It is to contemptible man, and not angels. Behold and wonder, consider and be astonished! He stoops to dust and ashes, to man is who is a worm. Will Christ wait upon dust and ashes? Will he stand and knock at the door of a worm? O what a wonder is this, that infinite glory, the mighty God of hosts should stoop so low! Man is but dust, and this is contemptible enough; but he became polluted dust. Is it a wonder that he will stand and knock at the door of such a leper, so deformed, so loathsome, and so infectious? Not only this, but we were enemies in heart and mind. He comes, knocks, stands, entreats, importunately, compassionately, and again and again. O the wonder of Christ’s patience! When he does not prevail by knocking, waiting, beseeching, why this is his grief, his sorrow, and he vents his sorrow in tears. Behold it, and wonder! Behold as sinners provoke him to depart – the wonderful compassion of a dear Saviour, as he stands, knocks, and waits.”

David Clarkson

Sunday Meditation – White as Snow

Sunday Meditation – White as Snow

“If you will now at last seek God by prayer, and break off your sins He has the affections of a Father for you, and will never cast you out! When the prodigal arose and went to his father, ‘his father had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him!’ Though you have been a prodigal, and spent all upon your lusts, yet if you will give a bill of divorce to your sins, and flee to God by repentance, know that He has the affections of a Father! He will embrace you in the arms of His mercy, and seal your pardon with a kiss! Your wound is not so broad as the plaster of Christ’s blood! The sea covers great rocks. Just so, the sea of God’s compassion can drown your great sins! Therefore be not discouraged! Go to God, resolve to cast yourself upon his Fatherly compassion! No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool!”

Thomas Watson