Monday, June 09, 2014

Rutherford: the whetstone

Monday, June 9, 2014
    Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
    Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373
    Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
    —James 1:2-3 (NIV)
    Faith hath cause to take courage from our very afflictions; the devil is but a whetstone to sharpen the faith and patience of the saints. I know that he but heweth and polisheth stones all this time for the New Jerusalem.
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, March 9, 1637, p. 218 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 1:2-3,12; Matt. 5:10-12; Luke 6:22-23; Acts 5:41; Rom. 5:3-4; 8:17-18; 2 Cor. 4:17; 12:9; Col. 1:24; Heb. 10:34; 1 Pet. 4:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help my faith, to see my trials for what they are.
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