Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Flavel: ridding of idols

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
When I felt secure, I said,
    “I will never be shaken.”
O LORD, when you favored me,
    you made my mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
    I was dismayed.
    —Psalm 30:6-7 (NIV)
    Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God hath from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find, the readiest course to be rid of our comforts, is to set our hearts inordinately or immoderately upon them: for our God is a jealous God, and will not part with his glory to another.
    ... John Flavel (1628-1691), Divine Conduct [1677], in The Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John Flavel, v. IV, London: J. Mathews, 1799, p. 421 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 30:6-7; Ex. 20:3-6; 34:14; Deut. 4:24; 6:14-15; 32:21; Ps. 78:58; 118:8-9; 146:3; Jer. 17:5; Mic. 7:5; Nah. 1:2; Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13; 1 Cor. 10:19-22; 2 Cor. 6:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I fear when You are not first in my life.
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