I am heading off to church planter community in Philly… a highlight of every month.
But this morning I highlighted an incredible word from Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed. In consecutive chapters, he has been making the point that our weakness should not so much cause US to desire to be strong (better self-rulers), but rather they cause us to desire to be ruled by another’s government… one who is not debilitated by weakness but can guide and direct and deliver us.
I quote: The happiness of weaker things stands in being ruled by the stronger. It is best for a blind man to be guided by him that has sight. It is best for sheep, and other feckless creatures, to be guided by man. And it is happiest for man to be guided by Christ, because his government is so victorioius that it frees us from the fear and danger of our greatest enemies, and tends to bring us to the greatest happiness that our nature is capable of [do I hear John Piper here?]. This should make us rejoice when Christ reigns in us.
Yes, I am so weak that today I WANT to be ruled by him who is stronger. May my self-awareness be the same tomorrow and the next day and the next day…