While studying this week I came across an excerpt from a book written in the early 1600’s. The article was entitled “Finding God’s Will”. So many times we look at the people in the Bible as not being “real” people. The same is true for those who lived in the early 1600’s. They may have lived hundreds or even thousands of years before us, but they experienced the same internal struggles and many times external problems as we do today.
- Get the true fear of God upon your hearts. Be really afraid of offending him. God will not hide his mind from such a soul. 14The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.(Psalm 25:14).
- Study the Word more, and the concerns and interests of the world less. 105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105), that is, it has a discovering and directing usefulness as to all duties to be done and dangers to be avoided. . .
- Reduce what you know into practice, and you shall know what is your duty to practice. 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. (John 7:17). 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.(Psalm 111:10).
- Pray for illumination and direction in the way that you should go. Beg the Lord to guide you in straits and that he would not permit you to fall into sin. . .
- And this being done, follow Providence so far as it agrees with the Word and no further. There is no use to be made of Providence against the Word, but in subservience to it.