Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Edwards Wednesday

Psalm 73:25

Before All Things

It is the spirit of a godly man to prefer God before all other things on the earth. This 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 the 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, 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.

Readings taken from Day By Day With Jonathan Edwards


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