Daily DevotionalsReading: Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.—Isaiah 65:8

It is blessed to trace our mercies to the fountainhead, and to find them all folded up from everlasting in Jesus. What was it that preserved our whole nature when blasted and withered by the fall? Was it not because Jesus, the promised seed, was in it? And what is it that preserves every individual among the children of God during the dark season of their unregeneracy, but the same precious Christ? He it was that looked on amidst all our sins and perishing circumstances. He it was who by His powerful and all-prevailing intercession commands the destroyer not to touch His people; for though in themselves loathsome, yet in Jesus they are fair and lovely.

My soul, learn hence the security in Christ. The whole cause for which you were preserved until called, and, when called, preserved through grace unto glory—both in conversion and in every after-act of God’s dealings with you—all refers itself into this one source. Destroy and despise it not. There is a blessing in you, though not from you: Jesus is in there, as the new wine is found in the cluster! See Him, through His Word, transform your mind and conform your life to be like Him who has preserved you for that purpose.

There are three things that earthly riches can never do; they can never satisfy divine justice, they can never pacify divine wrath, nor can they ever quiet a guilty conscience. And till these things are done, man is undone.”

—Thomas Brooks

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 ©2013.