Tillotson: happy beyond desire
Feast of Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680
Commemoration of Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary, Philanthropist, 1231
Commemoration of Mechtild, Bèguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, Prophet, 1280
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
—1 Thessalonians 1:4-7 (ESV)
If He hath promised to make us happy, though He hath not particularly declared to us wherein this happiness shall consist; yet we may trust Him that made us to find out ways to make us happy; and may believe, that He who made us, without our knowledge or desire is able to make us happy beyond them both.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. IV, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon LXXVIII, p. 465 (see the book)
See also 1 Thess. 1:4-7; Isa. 57:1-2; Matt. 5:12; Luke 6:23; Acts 5:41; 2 Cor. 4:17; 5:8; Phil. 1:21; Rev. 14:13
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, I know I can never go back. I know that I could never again be truly happy without you.
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