Meditation on God’s Providence (16)
There is one last question that must be addressed:
Why bother to defend such an obviously outdated, unpopular and disturbing doctrine in the first place?
The answers are simple. I do so because careful study of the Scriptures has convinced me that it must be true. I do so because, believing, I have found unexpected, unexplainable peace and release.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
it is also
… the peace of God, which passes all understanding…
that I have actually found there.
The road that I have traveled to arrive at this place has been hard. For to walk down it has meant to progressively give up on my fantasies of self-sufficiency, of righteousness. I have found that continually
He must increase, but I must decrease.
I still pathetically cling to the filthy rags that remain. But before my soul’s eyes stands the hope that can never be shaken now that it is in God’s sure hands that my salvation rests.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.