Sunday Considerations: The Saints Reward

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Nothing besides God can be the saints’ reward.

Nothing on earth can be their reward. The glittering of the world dazzles men’s eyes; but, like the apples of Sodom, it does not so much delight as delude. The world is gilded emptiness. The world is made circular; but the heart is a triangle. A circle cannot fill a triangle. The world is enough to busy us, not to fill us. Job 20:22, “In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits.” It seems a riddle to have sufficiency—yet not have enough. The meaning is, when he enjoys most of the creature—yet there is something lacking. When King Solomon had put all the creatures into a cup, and went to extract and distill out the spirits, they turned to froth. “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:2. God never intended that we should dig happiness, out of the earth which He has cursed.

Heaven itself is not a saint’s reward. Psalm 73:25, “Whom have I in heaven but You?” There are angels and archangels—yes, but though these are for a saint’s comfort—yet not properly for his reward. Communion with seraphim is excellent—yet can no more make a saint’s reward than the light of the stars can make day.1

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  1. Thomas Watson. God is His Peoples Great Reward.
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