Here is another “Quint of Quotes” from my collection. Five quotes somewhat related to each other, but not exactly in agreement. Hope you find them interesting and thought-provoking. Enjoy!
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein
“Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Legislator” – C.S. Lewis
“Because we are so scientific now – and so determinedly materialistic – it is very difficult for us even to understand that other ways of seeing can and do exist.” – Jordan B. Peterson
“When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” – Jesus, in Luke 12:56
See previous Quints and other posts on quotes here.
“The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,
but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.” – Proverbs 17:24
Wisdom keeps us on the path of life but doesn’t always mark it out for us far into the future. Even if the fool identifies a correct future destination or goal, the path to get there might bend in ways they won’t see by looking only at the end goal. The discerning focus on the daily task and the daily bread.
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” – 2 Peter 1:3-4
We do not, and cannot, depend on our own merit to convince God to love us, therefore:
“This consolation I would wish all Christians in their prayers: the testimony of a good conscience to assure them of God’s promises. But to obtain what they ask must only depend upon him, all opinion and thought of our own justice being laid aside.” – John Knox
Today in prayer, seek His power in His promises. He wants us to have “all things that pertain to life and godliness” and He is faithful.
Post inspired by McKim, Donald K. Everyday Prayer with the Reformers (2020). P. 115.
Not everyone has a good friend they can talk to anything about at any time. But we always have God. As David tells us in Psalm 62:8 –
“Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah”
When do we need a refuge? When we have troubles. He wants to hear from us at all times and strengthen and guide us. Martin Luther, commenting on the verse, wrote:
“Strength fades, courage fails; God remains firm. If you are lacking something, well, here is good advice: ‘Pour out your heart before him’ Voice your complaint freely, and do not conceal anything from him. Regardless of what it is, just throw it in a pile before him, as you open your heart completely to a good friend. He wants to hear it, and he wants to give you his aid and counsel. Do not be bashful before him. Out with everything.”
The word Selah at the end of the verse is mysterious, but many believe it is a signal to pause and reflect. What do you want to “throw in a pile before him” now?
 Quoted in McKim, Donald K. Everyday Prayer with the Reformers (2020). P. 37.
Mark 3:18 lists among Jesus’ 12 disciples “Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot.”
Matthew was a former tax collector for the Roman Empire, while Warren Wiersbe notes that “The Zealots were a group of Jewish extremists organized to overthrow Rome, and they used every means available to advance their cause. The historian Josephus called them ‘daggermen.’ It would be interesting to know how Simon the Zealot responded when he first met Matthew, a former employee of Rome.” They learned to prioritize following Jesus, but I suspect it took some time and patience on Jesus’ part.
No enemy of God is beyond His grace, and no enemy of yours is beyond His grace either!
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read this post from September about Zacchaeus, another tax collector Jesus loved: Found! A Man in Need of an Ally