Thoughts for the Quiet Hour - August 6
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. —Colossians 3:2
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. —Ecclesiastes 9:10
If we are to live separate from the world, how, since men only do well what they do with a will, are we, with affections fixed on things above, to perform aright the secular, ordinary duties of life? If our hearts are engrossed with heavenly things, how are we to obey this other, and equally divine, commandment, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might”?
The two are perfectly consistent. Man standing between the celestial and terrestrial worlds is related to both; and resembling neither a flower, which, springing from the dust and returning to it, belongs altogether to the earth, nor a star which, shining far remote from its lower sphere, belongs altogether to the heavens, our hearts may be fitly likened to the rainbow that, rising into heaven but resting on earth, is connected both with the clods of the valley and the clouds of the sky. —Guthrie