Monday, August 30, 2021

Rutherford: carried to heaven

Monday, August 30, 2021
For you, O God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
You let men ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.
    —Psalm 66:10-12 (NIV)
    We love well summer religion, and to be that which sin has made us, even as thin skinned as if we were made of white paper: and would fain be carried to heaven in a close-covered chariot, wishing from our hearts that Christ would give us surety, and his handwrite and his seal, or nothing but a fair summer, until we be landed in at heaven’s gates.
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, Feb. 3, 1638, p. 561 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 66:10-12; 119:71; Isa. 30:20-21; Acts 14:21-22; 1 Cor. 15:36; 2 Tim. 2:5; 1 Pet. 5:10; Heb. 12:5-7; Jas. 5:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have shown me Your gracious hand, even in affliction.
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