Voices from the past

While listening to a series of biographies by John Piper, I heard this quote from David Brainerd’s journal:

When I really enjoy God, I feel my desires of him the more insatiable, and my thirstings after holiness the more unquenchable

Oh for holiness!
Oh for more of God in my soul!
Oh this pleasing pain!
It makes my soul press after God

Oh that I might not loiter on my heavenly journey!

Consider these few of the 70 resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, made by the time he was 20 years old.

  • Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

  • Resolved, never, henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’ s

  • Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

  • Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.

  • Resolved, in narrations never to speak any thing but the pure and simple verity.

  • Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

  • Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

We could learn much from the lives and devotion of those who have gone before us in the faith.