Cecil: the astonishing testament
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
—James 4:13-15 (ESV)
Providence is a greater mystery than Religion. The state of the world is more humiliating to our reason, than the doctrines of the Gospel. A reflecting Christian sees more to excite his astonishment and to exercise his faith in the state of things between Temple Bar [in Dublin] and St. Paul’s [in London], than in what he reads from Genesis to Revelation.
... Richard Cecil (1748-1810), The Works of the Rev. Richard Cecil, v. III, Boston: Crocker and Brewster, 1825, p. 405 (see the book)
See also Jas. 4:13-15; Pr. 27:1; Isa. 56:10-12; Luke 12:16-21
Quiet time reflection:
Grant me faith in You, Lord, for I have none in the world.
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