A First Book of Daily Readings
by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (selected by Frank Cumbers)
Sourced from the OPC website
God knows: God undertakes
We cannot do better than remind ourselves again of… the faith of God’s people throughout the centuries. That is the faith and teaching to be found, for example, in the hymns of Philip Doddridge. A typical example is found in his great hymn:
O God of Bethel, by whose hand
Thy people still are fed;
Who through this weary pilgrimage
Hast all our fathers led.
That is his great argument, based ultimately upon the sovereignty of God, that God is the Ruler of the Universe, and we are known to Him one by one, and are in a personal relationship to Him. It was the faith of all the great heroes of the faith described in Hebrews 11.
That is what kept those men going. Quite frequently they did not understand but they said, “God knows and God undertakes.” They had this final confidence that He who had brought them into being, and who had a purpose for them, would not leave them nor forsake them. He would surely sustain and lead them all the journey through, until their purpose in this world has been completed, and He would receive them into their heavenly habitation where they would spend their eternity in His glorious presence.
“Be not anxious about your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor about your body, wherewithal it shall be clothed. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Argue it out, start with first principles and draw the inevitable deduction. The moment you do so, care and worry and anxiety will vanish, and as a child of your heavenly Father you will walk with peace and serenity in the direction of your everlasting home.
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, ii, p. 116
“Text reproduced from ‘A First Book of Daily Readings’ by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, published by Epworth Press 1970 & 1977 © Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. Used with permission.”
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