I saw this quote this morning on someone’s blog, and I thought I’d share.
My heart read it without emotional response. It didn’t give me chills. It didn’t make me weep. My heart is a little numb these days.
But it did make me breathe a little easier.
It did cause my eyes to slide shut for just a moment, as I bowed my head and tilted my thoughts heavenward.
Sometimes you read things like this and are filled with joy. Sometimes you are filled with thankfulness.
Sometimes you’re just filled with a numb sort of desperate need.
When I read this, I feel the foundation beneath my feet growing vaguely more solid. I feel a little more space growing between my heart and despair; I have a little more room to breathe.
I pray that as you read these words they would spur both you and I to cling to Him.
Jesus, to whom I have been led to commit myself, has engaged to save me, absolutely, and from first to last. He has promised not only that He will not depart from me—but that He will put, keep, and maintain His fear in my heart—so that I shall never finally depart from Him!
And if He does not do this for me—I have no security against my turning apostate! For I am so weak, inconsistent, and sinful; I am so encompassed with deadly snares from the world; and I am so liable to such assaults from the subtlety, vigilance, and power of Satan—that, unless I am ‘kept by the power of God,’ I am sure I cannot endure to the end!
In short, I must sit down in despair—if I did not believe that He who has begun a good work in me, will carry it out to completion.”
— John Newton
Works of John Newton
(Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth)