Monday, August 13, 2018

Taylor: endurance for His sake

Monday, August 13, 2018
    Feast of Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down & Connor, Priest, Teacher, 1667
    Commemoration of Florence Nightingale, Social Reformer, 1910
    Commemoration of Octavia Hill, Worker for the Poor, 1912
    Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
    —James 5:10-11 (NIV)
    [From an old Jewish story] When Abraham sat at his tent door, according to his custom, waiting to entertain strangers, he espied an old man stooping and leaning on his staff, weary with age and travail, coming towards him, who was a hundred years of age; he received him kindly, washed his feet, provided supper, caused him to sit down; but observing that the old man ate and prayed not, nor begged a blessing on his meat, he asked him why he did not worship the God of heaven. The old man told him that he worshipped the fire only, and acknowledged no other God. At which answer Abraham grew so zealously angry, that he thrust the old man out of his tent, and exposed him to all the evils of the night, and an unguarded condition. When the old man was gone, God called to Abraham, and asked him where the stranger was. He replied, “I thrust him away, because he did not worship thee.” God answered him, “I have suffered him these hundred years , though he dishonoured me; and wouldst thou not endure him one night?”
    ... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), The Liberty of Prophesying [1647], in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. VIII, London: C. & J Rivington, 1828, p. 232 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 5:10-11; Job 1:22; 13:15; Matt. 5:11-12; 23:34-37; Luke 13:34-35; Acts 7:52; Heb. 11:32-38
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, cast out my self-righteousness.
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