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.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Always Near

Psalm 119:151

Though God stands far off, yet He is near, though not sensibly, yet really and truly; the essence of the nearness remains still, though the sense and influence is somewhat cut off. Even as it is with the sun, when it is covered with a cloud, the body of the sun is as near as when the cloud was not before it, though the heat and light, its influence, are somewhat cut off. A man is still as near the sun in a cloudy day as in a clear day; so, too, a man is as near God, that once is truly near Him, even when He hides Himself under a cloud of trial.

The relation to the substance holds firm, as a son is as much a son when he is a thousand miles off from his father, as when he is in the same room, in his father's presence; so, too, a son of God is as much a son, for the essence and truth of the relation, and as much a spouse, when God is hidden from him under the distance of affliction, as when He was joyous and at peace.
—Richard Vines

Readings taken from Day by Day with the English Puritans


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