a diary entry by Jonathan Edwards on glorifying God

No sooner had I posted the entry What is the chief end of Man? when I encountered the following diary entry from Jonathan Edwards in the book The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson.

I do believe the Holy Spirit is teaching me about glorifying God this week …

Saturday, Jan. 12, 1723

I pray God, for the sake of Christ, to look upon it (Edward’s 70 resolutions) as a self-dedication, and to receive me now as entirely His own, and to deal with me, in all respects, as such, whether He afflicts me or prospers me, or whatever He pleases to do with me, who am His.  Now, henceforth, I am not to act, in any respect, as my own. – I shall act as my own, if I ever make use of any of my powers to any thing that is not to the glory of God, and do not make the glorifying of Him my whole and entire business: – if I murmur in the least at affliction; if I grieve at the prosperity of others; if I am in any way uncharitable; if I am angry because of injuries; if I revenge them; if I do any thing purely to please myself, or if I avoid any thing for the sake of my own ease; if I omit any thing because it is a great self-denial; if I trust to myself; if I take any of the praise of the good that I do, or that God doth by me; or if I am in way proud.


There is so far a distance to travel in my journey to arrive at making the glorifying of God my whole and entire business … Lord, have your way and your will IN my life for Your glory!


(No, I haven’t forgotten I still owe you the second part of the answer to ‘What is the chief end of man?’ question … coming soon … Lord willing … according to His timing.)


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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