Saturday, February 28, 2009
“The fifth means to gain the knowledge of your interest in Christ is, by cleaving to Christ, and whatsoever is dear to Christ, in the face of all miseries, difficulties, and dangers.
It is nothing to cleave to Christ in fair weather, when every one cleaves to Christ, when every one professes Christ; but to cleave to him in a storm, when every one runs from him, it speaks out a child-like disposition; it speaks out a Jacob’s spirit. Surely he must needs have much of Christ, that nothing can take off from cleaving to Christ. When the soul says to Christ, as Ruth said to Naomi, ‘whither thou goest I will go; and where thou lodgest I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God shall be my God. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me, Ruth 1:15-18.
When neither the frowns of men, nor the reproach of men, nor the contempt of men, nor oppositions from men, can take the soul off from cleaving to Christ, it will not be long before Christ speaks peace to such a soul: Ps.63:8, ‘My soul followeth hard after thee, thy right hand upholds me.’ – As Jonathan’s soul cleaved to David, and as Jacob’s soul cleaved to Rachel, in the face of all afflictions and difficulties, this carries with it very much evidence of its interest in Christ.
In temporals men cleave to persons and things, as their interest is in them; and so it is in spirituals also. Christ cannot, Christ will not, cast aside those that hang about him, that cleave to him.”
Thomas Brooks - photo taken from the Internet