Friday, May 6, 2016

Saws and Hammers

I consider all second causes and instruments as mere saws and hammers in the Divine Workman's hands! They can neither give us pleasure nor pain but as our Lord and Savior is pleased to employ them.

I am firmly assured that He has done, still does, and will do all things well.  How little can we judge of this great drama of this world by a single scene!   But when we see the glorious outcome how shall we love and praise and wonder!

As for myself, this old man of seventy-six is still favored with perfect health, and can still preach as loud, as long, and as often as formerly.  He is still heard with acceptance and has cause to hope that the Lord blesses his ministry. "Oh to grace how great a debtor" is the poor African blasphemer and profligate!

[John Newton]

Isaiah 10:5 ... O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

Psalm 138:8 ... The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

Philippians 2:13 ... For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.❤