Friday, April 8, 2016

Fri.-Sabbath, 4/8-10/16 Devotion

Hip, hip, hooray—it is almost Sunday! In order to help get us ready for church, here is Thomas Watson, from his great book, "The Doctrine of Re-pentance":

"Turning to God makes for our profit. Our repentance is of no benefit to God, but to ourselves. If a man drinks of a fountain he benefits himself, not the fountain. If he beholds the light of the sun, he himself is refreshed by it, not the sun. If we turn from our sins to God, God is not advantaged by it. It is only we ourselves who reap the benefit. In this case self-love should prevail with us: 'If you be wise, you will be wise for yourself,' (Prov. 9:12).

"If we turn to God, He will turn to us. He will turn His anger from us, and His face to us. It was David's prayer, 'O turn to me, and have mercy upon me,' (Ps. 86:16). Our turning will make God turn: 'Turn unto me, says the Lord, and I will turn unto you,' (Zech. 1:3). He [God] who was an enemy will turn to be our friend. If God turns to us, the angels are turned to us. We shall have their tutelage and guardianship, (Ps. 91:11). If God turns to us, all things shall turn to our good, both mercies and afflictions . . . "