George Lawson – The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Lawson’s commentary on Proverbs 16:1-7 )1821) Lawson  (1749–1820) Lawson knew the Scriptures by heart, and much of them in Hebrew and Greek. He left at his death some eighty large volumes in manuscript, forming a commentary on the Bible. He frequently preached extempore with great facility, and, though he was well read in philosophy, history, and science, with attractive simplicity.

  1. The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. 2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. 4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. 5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. 6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. 7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Commentary on Proverbs 16:1-7

Samuel Davies – The Justice of God and the Sins Of Our Country – 1755

You see multitudes lying in a deep sleep in sin all around us! You see them eager in the pursuits of the vanities of time—but stupidly unconcerned about the important realities of the eternal world just before them! So few are concerned what shall become of them—when all their connections with earth and flesh must be broken, and they must take their flight into strange, unknown regions! So few lamenting their sins! So few crying for mercy and a new heart! So few flying to Jesus, or even sensible of the importance of a Mediator, in a religion for sinners!

The Justice of God — and the sins of our country

Thomas Murphy – The Necessity of Deep Earnestness in Preaching – 1877

From Pastoral Theology:

How is it possible to preach of the awful realities of heaven and hell, of the soul and the everlasting ages, and of the death of Christ for the salvation of the lost, without the deepest emotion? Hell is a terrible reality. The prospect of its unutterable anguish, of its eternal torments, is dreadful. Then the thought that all the unconverted are posting on steadily and surely to its woes is appalling. But it might be escaped through the blood of the Son of God, and then would come a heaven of indescribable bliss and everlasting glory. Can we think of these things and not be overwhelmed at the thought? Can we speak of them without our hearts and words burning with the very deepest feeling?”

Deep Earnestness in Preaching

James Smith – His Diary for the year 1829

Today, my mind has been taken up with the words of David, and they seem to describe my experience, “You have shown Your people hard things; You have made us drink the wine of confusion.” Psalm 60:3. I seemed to feel all the effects of this wine — for my head was disordered, my judgment confused, and my legs trembled under me. My wisdom was baffled, my graces were tried, and my spirits were roused. I could not conceive how the present affliction could consist with everlasting love, the precious promises, the relation in which I stand to God, the tenderness of Jesus, the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit, and what some portions of the Word — lead me to expect. I seemed to be wading in the depths of divine sovereignty, looking for Jehovah’s righteousness, and inquiring how can these things work together for my good? So foolish was I and ignorant, I was as a beast before God.

Marvelous Mercy, as Displayed in the 
Life and Experience of James Smith

Diary of James Smith – 1829

John Howe – God Informs No Sinner When His Day of Grace is Past.

From the Redeemer’s Tears Wept Over Lost Souls. 1686

Therefore no man can certainly know, or ought to conclude, concerning himself or others, as long as they live, that the season of grace is quite over with him. As we can conceive no rule God has set to himself to proceed by, in ordinary cases of this nature; so nor is there any He has set us to judge by, in this case. It is to no purpose, and could be of no use to men, to know so much; therefore it were unreasonable to expect God should have settled and declared any rule, by which they might come by the knowledge of it.

A Person Can’t Know His Day of Grace is Past

Thomas Watson – The Kingdom of Heaven Taken By Violence

How may one do to offer violence to himself in mortifying the flesh? 1. Withdraw the fuel that may make lust burn. Avoid all temptations. Take heed of that which doth nourish sin. He who would suppress the gout or stone, avoids those meats which are noxious. They who pray that they may not be led into temptation, must not lead themselves into temptation. 2. Fight against fleshly lusts with spiritual weapons: faith and prayer. The best way to combat with sin is, upon our knees.

Taking Heaven by Storm