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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday Mornings with Augustine

1 John 3:18-20

God’s Omnipotence

If “we assure our hearts,” we must do so “before Him.” Because “if our heart thinks ill of us” or accuses us that we aren’t doing something with the right attitude, “greater is God than our heart, and knoweth all things.” You may hide your heart from people, but try to hide it from God! How can you hide it from Him?

For a fearing, confessing sinner said to God, “whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? And fro they face whither shall I flee?” He looked for a way to run away from God’s judgment, but he couldn’t find any escape. For where isn’t God present? “If I shall ascend, “ he said, “into heaven, Thou art there: if I shall descend into hell, Thou art there.”

So where will you go? Will you listen to this advice? If you are going to run from Him, run to Him. Run to Him by confessing, not from Him by hiding.

So say unto Him, “Thou art my place to flee unto,” and be nourished by His love that leads to life. Let your conscience prove to you that your love is from God. And if it is from God, don’t desire to display it to people. For human praises can’t lift you to heaven, nor can their condemnations bring you down from there. Let Him who crowns you see. Let Him who judges and rewards you be your witness.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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