“My father, thou art the guide of my youth.” -Jeremiah 3:4
Labor to get as full and thorough a recognition as you are able of the providences of God concerning you from fi rst to last. Fill your hearts with the thoughts of Him and His ways. If a single act of providence is so ravishing and transporting, what would many such be, if they were presented together to the view of the soul! If one star is so beautiful to behold, what is a constellation! Let your refl ections therefore upon the acts and workings of providence for you be full, extensively and intensively. Let them be as extensively full as may be. Search backward into all the performances of providence throughout your lives. So did Asaph: “I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings” (Ps. 77:11, 12). He labored to recover and revive the ancient providences of God’s mercies many years past, and suck a fresh sweetness out of them by new reviews of them. Th ere is not such a pleasant history for you to read in all the world as the history of your own lives, if you would but sit down and record from the beginning hitherto what God has been to you, and done for you; what signal manifestations and outbreakings of His mercy, faithfulness and love there have been in all the conditions you have passed through. If your hearts do not melt before you have gone half through that history, they are hard hearts indeed.
*Excerpted from Daily Readings – The Puritans (Christian Heritage, 2012).
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