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A Hearty Amen August 21, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Random Musings, Scripture Meditation.
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Joe,

Of course you know that I give a big Amen to your recommendation of Brainerd’s life and diary. I have not read the whole thing in its entirety (and I will begin to do so as soon as you get me my copy back!), but I have read enough to have it pierce my heart with conviction. You were right in saying in your message last night that Brainerd pursued God as an unbeliever with a fervency that makes my current pursuit look pitiful. I read Brainerd’s writings — both his heights of joy and his depths of despair and longings when God seemed absent — and I myself long for the kind of communion that he experienced.

Thanks for serving us so well last night as you set before us the story of this remarkable instrument of God’s grace. Surely it is to the praise of God’s glorious grace that a man who lived, believed, and ministered for such a short time would have such a powerful impact on missions even more than 250 years after dying.

Thanks also for the reminder that in all my sermon preparations, in all my counseling meetings, and in everything, that I must make one thing central:

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.(Psalm 27:4)

Life in ministry can be very time-consuming and distracting, and I need to be reminded over and over that I am in ministry for one thing: to bring others into the enjoyment of dwelling in God’s presence and gazing upon His matchless beauty. If I can keep that perspective constantly before me, it should make the frustrations of ministry much more bearable.

Devoted to the pursuit of One Thing,

Larry

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