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When a soul lives in mere dependence upon God

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From Burroughs’ Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, chapter 11 (“The Excuses of a Discontented Heart”):


Perhaps God sees it is better for you to live in a continual dependence upon him,

and not to know what your condition shall be on the morrow,

than for you to have a more settled condition in terms of the creature…



So it is thus, for the world, between God and men’s souls:

when a soul lives in mere dependence upon God,

so that sensibly he sees that God has advantage of him every moment,

Oh, then such a soul will pay toll and custom,

that soul exercises faith, and begs every day his daily bread;

but if God hedges that man about with wealth, with prosperity

– perhaps an inheritance falls to him,

perhaps he has a constant office that brings in so much yearly to him duly paid –

he is not so sensible now of his dependence upon God,

and he begins now to pay less toll and custom to God than before.

God has less service from this man now than before.

God sees it better for his people to live in a dependent condition.

We are very loath in respect of God to be dependent,

we would all be independents in this way,

we would be dependent upon ourselves and have no dependence upon the Lord,

but God sees it better for us to live in a depending condition.


Written by mrsdkmiller

April 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

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