Tag: Thomas Guthrie

The Presence of God

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Thomas Guthrie, 1803-1873

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to Heaven–You are there. If I make my bed in the depths–behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea–even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You!” Psalm 139:7-12

We cannot shake off the presence of God! When our doors are shut, and curtains drawn, and all is still, and darkest night fills our chamber, and we are left alone to the companionship of our thoughts–it might keep them pure and holy to say, as if we saw two shining eyes looking on us out of the darkness, “You, O God, see me!”

The world called that man mad, who imagined that he saw God’s eye looking on him . . . out of every star of the sky, and every flower of the earth, and every leaf of the forest, from the ground which he trod upon, from the walls of his lonely chamber, and out of the gloomy depths of night! Mad! It was a blessed and holy imagination!

May God help you to feel yourselves at all times in His presence!

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account!” Hebrews 4:13

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Run From Temptation

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Thomas Guthrie, 1803-1873

“She caught him by his cloak and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house!” Genesis 39:12

Let me warn you that such a holy life as the text enjoins, is impossible to all but those who are on their guard against the beginnings of evil. Take alarm at an evil thought, wish, or desire! These are the germs of sin–the floating seeds which drop into the heart, and finding in our natural corruption a fat and favorable soil, spring up into actual transgressions. These, like the rattle of the snake, or the hiss of the serpent–reveal the presence and nearness of danger!

The experience of all holy men proves that sin is most easily crushed in the bud–and that it is safer to flee from temptation than to fight it. Fight like a man when you cannot avoid the battle–but rather flee than fight.

Be afraid of temptation–avoid it–abhor it!

Let your answer, as you tear yourself from the encircling arms of the enchantress, and seek safety in flight–be that of Joseph’s: “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God!” Genesis 39:9

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