John Newton reduced the sinful man and the gracious Savior down to two statements.
I may express all my complaints in one short sentence
(John Newton’s Letters)
My recent journey was very pleasant–but I ought to wish that it was profitable. I have had long experience how little I am able to improve by the most desirable advantages–and how little I am affected by a combination of the greatest mercies.
I may express all my complaints in one short sentence: “I am a poor creature!“
And all my hopes and comforts may be summed up as briefly, by saying: “I have a rich and gracious Savior!”
Full as I am in myself of inconsistencies and conflicts–I have in Him, a measure of peace. He found me in a waste howling wilderness–and He redeemed me from the house of misery and bondage. And though I have been ungrateful and perverse—He has not yet forsaken me–and never will. He is able to hold even me up–to pity, support and supply me to the end of life.
How suitable a Savior! He is made all things to those who have nothing–and is engaged to help those who can do nothing.
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost, those who come to God through Him–since He always lives to make intercession for them!” Hebrews 7:25
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As we read this devotional, thank God for His provision for us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001