Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Ant's Nest

Never did any sin appear in the life of the vilest wretch who ever lived; but look into your own corrupt nature, and there you may see the seed and root that sin and every other sin. There is atheism, idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, and whatever is vile in your heart! Possibly none of these are apparent to you; but there is more in that unfathomable depth of wickedness than you know.
Your corrupt heart is like an ant's nest, which, while the stone lies on it, none of them appear. But take off the stone, and stir them up but with a straw and you will see what a swarm is there and how lively they are! Just such a sight would your heart afford you did the Lord but withdraw the restraint He has upon it and allow Satan to stir it up by temptation!

Christian! the remembrance of what you are by nature, should keep you humble.

[Thomas Boston]



Genesis 6:5 ... And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Jeremiah 17:9 ... The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Mark 7:21-23 ... For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.