This post, by Ray Ortlund, provided a clear picture of every sinner’s heart–of my heart–apart from God’s marvelous, matchless grace. Since I found it so convicting and praise-inspiring, I decided to share it with you:
“When we take the history of a child of God, compressed within the short period of a single day — mark what flaws, what imperfections, what fickleness, what dereliction in principle, what flaws in practice, what errors in judgment and what wanderings of heart make up that brief history — how we are led to thank God for the stability of the covenant, that covenant which provides for the full redemption of all believers, which from eternity secures the effectual calling, the perfect keeping and certain salvation of every chosen vessel of mercy!”
Octavius Winslow, Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul (London, 1962), page 169.
Praise God for His cleansing, covenant-keeping love that is steadfast despite our wandering hearts that stray from His grace. We are beggars hungry for bread, and so often, we are willing to eat the rottenness of this fallen world rather than enjoy the soul-satisfying Bread of Life that has already been served up for us! Oh, that we might finally learn to taste and see that He is good!!
HT: Thanks, Dr. Ortlund for the scrumptious quote.