So, yesterday morning, on my bus commute to work, I flipped open my macbook and launched Logos. I started by reading Mornings and Evenings with Spurgeon and was reminded that this book is probably the best “devotional” book I’ve ever read.
Now, I know there are a lot of fans of My Utmost for His Highest… but, to this day, I can’t get into that book. However, Spurgeon has never failed to open my heart, expose sin, and point me to my blessed Savior and Redeemer. If you’ve never checked him out, I highly recommend picking up the book or, if you’re a logos user like me, he’s probably already in your library.
After reading the mornings meditation I decided to flip through my library. There is something crazy about being able to have a 500+ book library with you on the bus… pretty sweet.
Anyway, I was just scrolling through the titles to see what was there and I happened upon the Ante-Nicene Fathers: Volume 1. The book is essentially an English translation of the writings of the church fathers from the time of the apostles through the date of the first General Council held at Nice in AD 325. The first piece in the book is the First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians and it was probably written somewhere between AD 68 and 100.
While it is all fascinating to read, one quote stuck out when I revisited it at lunch this afternoon:
Let us reflect how near He is, and that none of the thoughts or reasonings in which we engage are hid from Him. It is right, therefore, that we should not leave the post which His will has assigned us. Let us rather offend those men who are foolish, and inconsiderate, and lifted up, and who glory in the pride of their speech, than [offend] God. Let us reverence the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was given for us; let us esteem those who have the rule over us; let us honour the aged among us; let us train up the young men in the fear of God; let us direct our wives to that which is good. Let them exhibit the lovely habit of purity [in all their conduct]; let them show forth the sincere disposition of meekness; let them make manifest the command which they have of their tongue, by their manner of speaking; let them display their love, not by preferring one to another, but by showing equal affection to all that piously fear God. Let your children be partakers of true Christian training; let them learn of how great avail humility is with God—how much the spirit of pure affection can prevail with Him—how excellent and great His fear is, and how it saves all those who walk in it with a pure mind. For He is a Searcher of the thoughts and desires [of the heart]: His breath is in us; and when He pleases, He will take it away. (1)
Most particularly from the quote was the very last line. It struck me as powerful, beautiful, and true. “His breath is in us; and when he pleases, He will take it away.”