365 days with Newton

24 JANUARY (PREACHED NEW YEAR’S EVENING 1770)

Seeking God

‘… If thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.’ 1 Chronicles 28:9
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Psalm 34:1–22

This leads to the encouragement: if you seek him he will be found. It is his own promise—Seek and him ye shall find. Come and he will receive you. But do you ask, What is it to come or to seek? To come to Christ is to venture yourselves as poor, perishing creatures upon his blood and promise; and to seek him is to wait upon him according to his word for grace and power to do so. Though you are not sufficient in yourselves to come to Christ, yet you cannot, without stifling and rebelling against the light he has given you, put off seeking him a day longer. Seek him by prayer. Entreat him to make you truly sensible of these things, to soften your hearts, to give you the knowledge of himself. Search the Scriptures. Attend upon the ministry of the gospel. Be found in the way. If you are sincere in your desires, you will break off from sinful and ensnaring company and the things which you yourselves know are contrary and displeasing to him. Thus he will be found of you. And he says, He that findeth me findeth life [Proverbs 8:35]. O blessed shall ye be of the Lord, if you thus seek him. When you receive faith you will receive pardon, peace; you will find access to a communion with the great God. Heaven will begin in your soul while upon earth. He will guide you by his counsel and afterwards receive you to his glory. O that I could tell you the sweetness of the hidden manna, but it can only be known by tasting—some of you I trust have tasted that he is gracious.
FOR MEDITATION:
Our LORD, who knows full well
’Twas thus a widow poor,
The heart of every saint;
Without support or friend,
Invites us, by a parable,
Beset the unjust judge’s door,
To pray and never faint.
And gained, at last, her end.

Though unbelief suggest,
Then let us earnest be,
Why should we longer wait?
And never faint in prayer;
He bids us never give him rest,
He loves our importunity,
But be importunate.
And makes our cause his care.

SERMON: 1 CHRONICLES 28:9 [4/5], [FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE]

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