a Godly Foundation: Walking with Edwards (part 1)

By Mike Henderson

Here is my first gleanings from the time I’ve spent with the The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1 . As I’ve already stated, I am trying to work my way through the first volume this next year. I have so far worked my way through the introduction to the work. What I has stood out to me is that for those whom God has  called to be great for His kingdom there is usually someone standing in the background of their life with a smile of earnest delight and thanksgiving to the Lord. As it pertains to Edwards this must have been his parents. Below is a quote as to why I think this. Let us be encouraged whether we are parents, soon to be parents, or aspiring parents by the dedication of a pair who fervently took the counsel of God’s word in training up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).

From the highly spiritual character and intellectual attainments of his parents, it might naturally be expected that his early education would be attended with no common advantages; this was the fact. Many were the prayers presented by parental affection that this only and beloved son might be filled with the Holy Spirit; from a child know the Holy Scriptures; and be great in the sight of the Lord. They who thus fervently and constantly commended him to God, manifested equal diligence in training him up for God. Prayer excited to exertion, and exertion again was encouraged by prayer. The domestic circle was a scene of supplication, and it was a scene of instruction. In the abode of such exemplary servants of God, instruction abounded; that which the eye saw, as well as that which the ear heard, formed a lesson. There was nothing in the example of those who taught to diminish the force of instruction; there was nothing in social habits which counteracted the lessons of wisdom, and infused those principles which in after-years produced the fruit of folly and sin. On the contrary, there was every thing to enlarge, to purify, and to elevate the heart, and at the same time to train the mind, to those exercises of thought from which alone eminent attainments can be expected. – The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1 (With a Memoir By Sereno E. Dwight)“> Page 7.

Consider this example, dwell on it, let it fill your heart with prudence for it is an outworking of the wisdom of the most High God (Deut. 6; Proverbs; Eph 6:4; Col. 3:21).

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