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Thinking in bed

Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Micah 2:1

Albert Barnes (1798–1870) writes,

They plot and forecast and fulfill it even in thought, before it comes to act.

… [the bed] ought to be the place of holy thought, and of communing with their own hearts and with God …

Stillness must be filled with thought, good or bad; if not with good, then with bad.

The chamber, if not the sanctuary of holy thoughts, is filled with unholy purposes and imaginations.

Man’s last and first thoughts, if not of good, are especially of vanity and evil. The Psalmist says, "Lord, have I not remembered Thee in my bed, and thought upon Thee when I was waking?" Psalms 63:6.

These men thought of sin on their bed, and did it on waking.

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The mystery of providence defies our attempt to tame it by reason. I do not mean it is illogical; I mean that we do not know enough to be able to unpack it and domesticate it. Perhaps we may gauge how content we are to live with our limitations by assessing whether we are comfortable in joining the biblical writers in utterances that mock our frankly idolatrous devotion to our own capacity to understand.

Source: D. A. Carson, How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1990), p. 226.

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William Jay recounts how Newton described the place of his Calvinism. He was having tea one day with Newton.
Newton said, “‘I am more of a Calvinist than anything else; but I use my Calvinism in my writings and my preaching as I use this sugar’—taking a lump, and putting it into his tea-cup, and stirring it, adding, ‘I do not give it alone, and whole; but mixed and diluted.’”
In other words, his Calvinism permeates all that he writes and teaches and serves to sweeten everything.

William Jay, George Redford, John Angell James The Autobiography of the Rev. William Jay: With Reminiscences of Some Distinguished Contemporaries, Selections from His Correspondence, and Literary Remains Published by R. Carter & brothers, 1855, page 308.

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That there is a providence. There is no such thing as blind fate, but there is a providence that guides and governs the world.

Providence is God’s ordering all issues and events of things, after the counsel of his will, to his own glory.

I call providence God’s ordering things, to distinguish it from his decrees. God’s decree ordains things that shall fall out, God’s providence orders them.

God orders all events of things, after the counsel of his will, to his own glory, his glory being the ultimate end of all his actings, and the where all the lines of providence meet.

God is not like an artificer that builds a house, and then leaves it, but like a pilot he steers the ship of the whole creation.

Source: Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity
Thomas Watson (c. 1620—1686) was an English, non-conformist, Puritan preacher and author.

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“I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes–that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit as well as the sun in the heavens—that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses. The creeping of an aphis over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence —the fall of leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche. He that believes in a God must believe this truth. There is no standing-point between this and atheism. There is no half way between a mighty God that worketh all things by the sovereign counsel of his will and no God at all. A God that cannot do as he pleases–a God whose will is frustrated, is not a God, and cannot be a God. I could not believe in such a God as that.”

Source: Charles Haddon Spurgeon in a the sermon “God’s Providence” October 15th, 1908

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Yea, I must say, that for a man to undertake the interpretation of any part or portion of Scripture in a solemn manner, without invocation of God to be taught and instructed by his Spirit, is a high provocation of him; nor shall I expect the discovery of truth from any one who so proudly and ignorantly engageth in a work so much above his ability to manage.

source: John Owen, Pneumatologia 6:2:7

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Two wondeful quotes on God’s presence

“Christ did not come to do away with sufering; He did not come to explain it; He came to fill it with his presence.”            – Paul Claudel

 

Worship is the human response to the perceived presence of the divine, a presence which transcends normal human activity and is holy.     – A.W. TozerSurely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it! … How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven (Gen. 28:16-17 NRSV).

Before the dream, the place had only been a stopping place reached by sunset (28:11), but when he awoke it had become a holy place. The holy presence of God had penetrated into ordinary (profane) space in a way which had aroused acute awareness on the part of a human being. The sacred (holy) and profane are united in an experience of worship.

Marvin E. T

 

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