“It is not only an affront put upon God, but also a great wrong, to neglect the word of God, and the way He prescribes, and to seek blessedness in temporal things,” says puritan Thomas Manton while preaching on Psalm 119:12.
In an extended “Tuesday with Thomas Manton” let me share all three points he gives to this heading, as he asserts “…the true way to blessedness [is] set down in God’s statutes; but in outward things there wants [lacks] fulness, sincerity, eternity.”
The keen puritan pastor wrote this while preaching on Psalm 119:5 —
“Wicked men may desire their own happiness, though not upon God’s terms. …Every man would be blessed, and go to heaven, if it were left up to his option and choice; he likes the END, but not the MEANS. There was not a murmuring Israelite, but would count Canaan a good land….”
A favorite Spurgeon quotation, from book two of his Lectures to My Students, is about the doctrine of election. Spurgeon says,
“I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite sure that if God had not chosen me I should never have chosen him; and I am sure he chose me before I was born, or else he never would have chosen me afterwards; and he must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why he should have looked upon me with special love. So I am forced to accept that doctrine”
Nevertheless, we can confidently say with the OT and the NT: Seek the Lord while He may be found, for all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved!
yours by divine mercy,