Reading: “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation”—1 Peter 1:5

“When I call to mind that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing,” I long not only to know, but always to keep in remembrance by what means, and from what cause it is, that those seeds do not ripen in my heart, as well as in others. I long to know also that, while corrupt nature is the same in all, it is restrained in me, while so many of my fellow-creatures, and fellow-sinners, fall a prey to temptation.

This scripture answers these important questions. They who are kept “are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.” Here is the solution of the whole subject. With what humbleness of soul, then, ought every child of God to fall down before the throne of grace, under the deepest sense of distinguishing love, in the consciousness that it is divine restraint, and not creature merit, which makes all the difference.

Help me, Lord, to go humble all my days, in this view, and let it be my morning thought, as well as my mid-day and evening meditation, that I am kept by your power, through faith unto salvation. Almighty Father, help me to be living on your faithfulness in the covenant of grace, established and sealed as it is in the blood of your dear Son,

Precious Lord Jesus, help me to rest also on my union with you, a communication of grace from you, and a participation in you and in all the blessings of redemption. Surely I am the purchase of your blood, and you have said, “My sheep shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28). And O, blessed Spirit, be to me an indwelling security from sin, to keep me from falling, and to preserve me faultless in Jesus, until the day of His coming. Make my body your temple, and cause me, by your sweet constraining love, to “glorify God in my body, and in my spirit, which are his” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2014.