From the depths of hell I call the fiends, and for this earth I call the tried and afflicted believers, and to heaven I appeal, and challenge the long experience of the blood-washed host, and there is not to be found in the three realms a single person who can bear witness to one fact which can disprove the faithfulness of God or weaken His claim to be trusted by His servants. There are many things that may or may not happen, but this I know shall happen—
He shall present my soul
Unblemished and complete
Before the glory of His face
With joys divinely great.
All the purposes of man have been defeated, but not the purposes of God. He is a promise-keeping God, and every one of His people shall prove it to be so.
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), quoted in Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., A Passion for God: Prayers and Meditations on the Book of Romans, 123
Regarded merely in itself, however, as Calvin used to say, faith is an empty vessel, for in faith it is upon the faithfulness of Christ that we rest and even the way in which we rest on him is sustained and undergirded by his unfailing faithfulness. Thus the very faith which we confess is the faith of Christ Jesus who loved us and gave himself for us in a life and death of utter trust and belief in God the Father. Our faith is altogether grounded in him who is “author and finisher,” on whom faith depends from start to finish.
—Thomas Torrance, “The Mediation of Christ in Our Human Response” in The Mediation of Christ, 94
“Greatness is equated [by the world, and by us too often] with doing something large, in a notable way, as fast as you can. That mindset is burning a lot of us out. But when we come to the gospel of Jesus, it’s almost like He is saying, ‘Follow Me, and learn to do small things, slowly, over a long period of time.'”
“We are taught to sprint . . . but most things that matter to us in life are marathons (marriage, relationships, vocation, skills).”
“We’re trying to approach sacred things that take a long cultivation—we’re trying to approach them with haste, speed—and it’s not working for us.”
“Words like ‘haste’ are associated with folly in Scripture; the words associated with wisdom are like ‘waiting, patience.'”