Monday, June 30, 2014

Brooks: blessing or curse

Monday, June 30, 2014
    Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
    —1 Samuel 16:14 (NIV)
    We shall understand [the story of King Saul] best if we consider how wide the law of life is that it opens to us. The law is that: a beneficent power, if we obey it, blesses and helps us; but the same power, if we disobey it, curses and ruins us. That law runs everywhere... Was not Judas cursed by the same friendship with Jesus that perfected John?
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Visions and Tasks, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1910, p. 302,305 (see the book)
    See also 1 Sam. 16:14; Jonah 1:12; Matt. 27:5; John 13:23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your friendship is surpassing blessing to me.
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