Make Diaries of God’s Dealings

images“And let us, as it were, make diaries of God’s dealing to us.  This is to be acquainted with God, as Job speaks, Job 22:21; this is to walk with God, to observe, his steps to us, and ours to him.  It is a thing that will wondrously strengthen our faith, especially in old years, in gray hairs.  What a comfortable thing it is when an aged man can look back to the former part of his life, and can reckon how God hath given him his life again and again!  how God hath comforted him in distress!  how God hath raised him up in the midst of perplexity, when he knew not which way to turn him, how God comforted him when he was disconsolate!  All these meeting together, in our last conflict, when all comfort will be little enough, what a comfort will it be!”  –Richard Sibbes “Works” Vol. 3 p. 174


Remember Past Deliverances

images“Let us labour to support ourselves in the time of temptation with the former experience of God’s gracious goodness, and his blessed work upon our souls.  He that delivered us from the power of Satan, and keeps us from him still, that we sink not into despair, he will keep us for the time to come, so that ‘neither things present, nor things to come shall be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ, ‘ Romans 8:35.”  –Richard Sibbes “Works” Vol. 3 p. 174

The Christian is Protected

800px-Ark_fortress_in_Bukhara“A sound Christian, take him in all references of time, he is a happy man.  If he look back, God hath delivered him from Satan, from hell and damnation, and many dangers.  If he look to the present, he is compassed about with a guard of angels, and with the providence of God.

God doth deliver him.

He hath a guard about him that cannot be seen but with the eye of faith.  The devil sees it well enough, as we see in Job, ‘Thou hast hedged him about,’ Job 1:10.  How can I come to him?  He looked about to see if he could come into Job, to see if the hedge had any breach, but there was none.  God’s providence compassed him about.  God hath and doth deliver.  And if he look to the time to come he will deliver, he seeth that ‘neither things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate him from the love of God,” Romans 8:38.”  — Richard Sibbes, “Works” Vol. 3 p. 177