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Only God’s Judgment Is Trustworthy

Gems of Thought

Today's Devotional

David, not wholly satisfied with his own single testimony, calls out to God, “Search me, O God I and know my heart; see if there be any wicked way in me” (Psalm 139:23,24); and wise physicians will not trust their own judgments about the state of their own health, nor sincere Christians themselves about their soul’s welfare; it is God that they attend to; His judgment alone concludes and determines them. When they have prayed and opened their case to Him, with David they listen what He will say; therefore you shall find them putting themselves under the most searching ministry, from which they never come more pleased than when their consciences are stripped naked, and their hearts exposed to their view, as the woman of Samaria, who commended the sermon, and Christ that preached it, for this unto her neighbors, that he had told her all that ever she had done (John 4:29).

About the author and the source

All we are told about the author of this anonymous book in the book itself is that he was “an eminent divine of the 17th century,” although he is identifiable as William Gurnall (1616–1679), author of The Christian in Complete Armour.

[William Gurnall]. Gems of Thought for Every Day in the Year. Liverpool: Clement Evans, 1865.

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