The Imminent Danger (Pt 18)

l. What God will do

He who loved you, and died for your sins, is the Lord of glory. All power in heaven and in earth is committed unto Him. The Lord reigneth, let the earth be never so unquiet. All creatures are instruments of His will. The wrath of man, so far as it is permitted to act, shall praise Him and be made subservient to the accomplishment of His great design; and the remainder of that wrath, all their projected violence, which does not coincide with His wise and comprehensive plan, He will restrain. In vain they rage and fret and threaten. They act under a secret commission, and can do no more than He permits them. If they attempt it, He has a hook and a bridle in their mouths. When the enemies would come in like a flood, He can lift up a standard against them. As He has set bounds and bars to the tempestuous sea, beyond which it cannot pass, saying, “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed” (Job 38:11); so, with equal ease, He can still the madness of the people.

You do well to mourn for the sins and miseries of those who know Him not. But if you make Him your fear and your dread, He will be a sanctuary to you and keep your hearts in peace, though the earth be removed and the mountains cast into the midst of the sea.

John Newton:
The Imminent Danger and Only Sure Resource of Our Nation


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