Monday, February 12, 2024

Watson: God's wisdom

Monday, February 12, 2024
    Commemoration of Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (Nicolas Herman), spiritual writer, 1691
    Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
    “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him.
    —John 13:26-28 (NIV)
    The wisdom of God is seen in this, that the sins of men shall carry on God’s work; yet that he should have no hand in their sin. The Lord permits sin, but doth not approve it. He hath a hand in the action in which sin is, but not in the sin of the action.
    ... Thomas Watson (c.1620-1686), A Body of Practical Divinity [before 1741], T. Wardle, 1833, p. 54 (see the book)
    See also John 13:26-28; Gen. 50:20; Pr. 21:30; Isa. 7:17-20; 10:5-6,12; 53:10; Matt. 26:53-54; Mark 14:21; Acts 2:23; 3:18; 4:27-28; 13:27-29; Rom. 8:28; Jas. 1:13-15; 1 Pet. 2:6-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You use all things to Your glory.
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