Since I enjoy sharing quotes, the thought came to my mind last week: Why don’t I start a weekly blogpost of the best quotes I come across each week? So, this will be my first installment. My plan is to post this every Friday. I hope you enjoy them:
“I am amazed at how many Christians spend their days on Twitter and Facebook—too often platforms for ephemeral trivia and unpleasantness. I do not believe Jesus wants me to use my remaining years in exchanging insults with other Christians. I think he wants all his people to witness to the world by using the time and talents he has given them to edify the body of Christ and to help the rising generation think clearly about the challenges we all face” – Carl Trueman
“O Lord, I humbly crave that thou wilt let me be little in this world, that I may be great in another world; and low here, that I may be high for ever hereafter. Let me be low, and feed low, and live low, so I may live with thee forever; let me be clothed with rags, so thou wilt clothe me at last with thy robes; let me now be set upon a dunghill, so I may at last be advanced to sit with thee upon thy throne. Lord, make me rather gracious than great, inwardly holy than outwardly happy, and rather turn me into my first nothing, yea, make me worse than nothing, rather than set me up for a time, that thou mayest bring me low for ever” – Thomas Brooks (Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, 76–77).
“The Lord is a skilled marksman with his eye on love, and no one shoots more accurately at love than he who shoots with the word. He shoots at his lover’s heart for the good of the lover; he shoots to turn you into his lover” – Augustine, “Exposition of Psalm 119,” in Essential Expositions of the Psalms by Saint Augustine, 66.
“The essence of human rebellion against God, the essence of human fallenness, is a refusal to let God tell us the difference between good and evil. Sin is the folly of thinking that, apart from God and by exercising our best powers of mind and conscience, we can master the distinction between good and evil. . . . It puts us in the position where knowing the difference between good and evil is no longer a gift but a power. Wisdom is no longer a matter of prayer, of looking to God, but a matter of human judgment. It’s not first and foremost a hearing, but a speaking. It’s therefore for all its urbane exterior a kind of perversity, a refusal to be creatures. And that’s why God will destroy the wisdom of the wise—that is, God’s decision about the whole sorry process of human production and acquisition of wisdom is that it must be reduced to rubble if we’re ever to become truly wise – John Webster, “Wisdom,” in Christ Our Salvation: Expositions & Proclamations, ed. Daniel Bush.
Thomas Brooks quote is beyond challenging for me. While I would love to live this way, I’m afraid I can’t come close!