“All the tears of a penitent sinner, should he shed as many as there have been fallen drops of rain since the creation, cannot wash away one sin. The everlasting burnings in hell cannot purify the flaming conscience from the least sin.”
Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon,
God has from time to time broken it,
and made us to see the vanity of it;
so that we find the readiest course to be rid our comforts
is to set our hearts inordinately or immoderately upon them.
What is God breaking of yours?
1 Samuel 5:1-7 (ESV)
5 When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon.
3 And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place.
4 But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.
5 This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
6 The hand of the Lord was heavy against the people of Ashdod, and he terrified and afflicted them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory.
7 And when the men of Ashdod saw how things were, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for his hand is hard against us and against Dagon our god.”
Whatever we have over-loved, idolized, and
leaned upon–God has from time to time broken
it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we
find the readiest course to be rid of our comforts
–is to set our hearts inordinately upon them.
“The Providence of God is like Hebrew words–it can be read only backwards.”