(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) "What I am doing you do not understand now--but afterward you will understand!" John 13:7 Above all, I would say to the Christian: Never distrust the kindness, the love, the wisdom and faithfulness of your Savior--but confide in Him who has promised that all things shall work together for your good. Though … Continue reading You Will See the Reason
(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) "Look to the rock from whence you were hewn, and to the pit from whence you were dug!" Isaiah 51:1 It is profitable for the children of God often to . . . reflect on what they formerly were, meditate on their once wretched and helpless condition, look to the rock whence … Continue reading Remembering Your Past
(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) "O my people, listen to the words of the LORD! Have I been like a desert to Israel? Have I been to them a land of darkness? Why then do my people say: We are lords! We don't need Him anymore!" Jeremiah 2:31 If men are indeed independent of God--then it may … Continue reading Who Needs God? We All Do!
(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) "He who says he abides in Christ, ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." 1 John 2:6 It was highly important and desirable that the Lord Jesus should not only describe Christianity in His discourses, but exemplify it in His life and conduct. In Him, we see pure and … Continue reading Living as Christ Lived
(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) "How is your Beloved better than others?" Song of Songs 5:9 Does not our Friend as far excel all other friends . . . as Heaven exceeds earth, as eternity exceeds time, as the Creator surpasses His creatures? See all the fullness of the Godhead--dwelling in One who is as meek and … Continue reading Better Than Others Is He!
(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) I look up to Heaven and there see the blessed and only Potentate, the Creator and Upholder of all things, the infinite and eternal Sovereign of the universe--governing His vast kingdom with uncontrollable power, in a manner perfectly wise and holy and just and good. In this Being, I see my Creator, … Continue reading Slighted, Disobeyed, and Dishonored
(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) "God is angry with the wicked every day!" Psalm 7:11 Do you ask why He is angry? I answer: He is angry to see rational, immortal and accountable beings--spending twenty, forty, or sixty years in trifling and sin; serving numerous idols, lusts, and vanities, and living as if death were an eternal … Continue reading Why He is Angry?
(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) "The great goddess Diana!" Acts 19:27 "They started shouting again and kept it up for two hours: Great is Diana of the Ephesians! Great is Diana of the Ephesians!" Acts 19:34 So long as they remain in their natural state, the world is, in some form or other, the great goddess Diana--the … Continue reading Worshiping Anything BUT the Creator
(Edward Payson, 1783-1827) What is it that you wish for? My unconverted friends, I will tell you what you wish for. You wish to live as you please here on earth, to disobey your Creator, to neglect your Savior, and to fulfill the desires of the flesh and of the mind. And at death, you … Continue reading What is it that you wish for?