Jesus the Answer

Enjoy worshiping on the Lord’s Day with His people.  Below are some wonderful words to think on from John Newton which were written a few years after he wrote Amazing Grace.

I heartily sympathize with you in your complaints; but I see you in safe hands. The Lord loves you, and will take care of you. He who raises the dead, can revive your spirits when you are cast down. He who sets bounds to the sea, and says “Hitherto shalt thou come, and no further,” can limit and moderate that gloom which sometimes distresses you. He knows why he permit, you to be thus exercised. I cannot assign the reasons, but I am sure they are worthy of his wisdom and love, and that you will hereafter see and say, He has done all things well. If I was as wise as your philosopher, I might say a great deal about a melancholy complexion; but I love not to puzzle myself with second causes, while the first cause is at hand, which sufficiently accounts for every phenomenon in a believer’s experience. Your constitution, your situation, your temper; your distemper, all that is either comfortable or painful in your lot, is of his appointment. The hairs of your head are all numbered: the same power which produced the planet Jupiter is necessary to the production of a single hair, nor can one of them fall to the ground without his notice, any more than the stars can fall from their orbits. If providence, no less than in creation, he is Maximus in minimis. Therefore fear not; only believe. Our sea may sometimes be stormy, but we have an infallible Pilot, and shall infallibly gain our port. – Letter IX, Dying in the Lord by John Newton. Nov. 27, 1778.

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The above article was posted on March 21, 2009 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Darrin March 23, 2009 at 12:40 am

Very comforting words for those in distress.

“I love not to puzzle myself with second causes, while the first cause is at hand, which sufficiently accounts for every phenomenon in a believer’s experience.” That is one of the most profound statements regarding divine Providence which I’ve read.

Thanks for posting this, Mark.

“all that is either comfortable or painful in your lot, is of his appointment”, indeed, and thus we can have peace and assurance in the midst of it. Amen.

2 abclay March 23, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Yes, thanks Mark.

An excellent piece from a “hero of the faith” to read to the class Sunday as we cover Romans 8:28-29.

3 johnMark March 25, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Thanks guys. This is certainly something I often need reminding off.

Mark

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