Monday, March 22, 2021

Froude: duty

Monday, March 22, 2021
    The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.
    —Nahum 1:3 (NIV)
    [Thomas Carlyle] believed that every man had a special duty to do in this world. If he had been asked what specially he conceived his own duty to be, he would have said that it was to force men to realize once more that the world was actually governed by a just God; that the old familiar story, acknowledged everywhere in words on Sundays and disregarded or openly denied on week-days, was, after all, true. His writings, every one of them, ... were to the same purpose and on the same text—that truth must be spoken and justice must be done; on any other conditions, no real commonwealth, no common welfare, is permitted or possible.
    ... James A. Froude (1818-1894), Life of Carlyle [1884], New York: Scribner, 1904, p. 240 (see the book)
    See also Nah. 1:3; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 19:9; Heb. 6:10; Rev. 15:3; 16:5-7; 19:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me a means by which You awaken the world.
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