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Wrestling With God.

Wrestling With God.

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And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. — Gen. xxxii. 26.

And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. — Gen. xxxii. 26.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 08, 2014
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WRESTLING WITH GOD. BY JONATHAN COGSWELL, D. D.And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. — Gen. xxxii. 26. That Jehovah, in his nature, his purposes, and his whole character is of all beings in the universe the most immutable and at the same time the most susceptible of [being moved, are positions, each of which the scriptures fully support. The following passages prove his immutability. He is of one mind, and who can turn him ? What his soul desireth, even that he doeth. (Job xxiii, 13.) I am the Lord, 1 change not, therefore the sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Mai. iii. 6.) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James i. 17.) Jesus Christ the same yester-day, and to-day, and forever. (Heb. xiii. S.) From the following passages it is manifest that of all beings in the universe Jehovah is most susceptible of being moved. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. (Ps. ciii. 13 ) But he being full of compassion forgave their iniquity and
46 WRESTLING WITH GOD. destroyed them not: yea, many a lime he turned his anger away and did not stir up all his wrath. (Ps. Ixxviii. 38.) And it shall come to pass, that before they call I will answer ; and while they are yet speak-ing 1 will hear. (Is. Ixv. 24.) Who was ever so sus-ceptible of being moved as Christ, who was God manifest in the flesh. The gospels abound with various proofs of his compassion. His life and suffer-ings afford the clearest evidence of the depth of his love and pity. Thus it appears that the two positions, which have been mentioned, can be fully established by the scrip-tures. But how to reconcile them we know not. Who can understand the mode of the existence of God — or many things in his government of the* world ? There are truths, contained in the volume of revela-tion, which, when separately considered may be un-derstood and proved ; but the harmonious union of which we cannot understand. There are some facts in the material world equally mysterious. Philoso-phers assure us that two rays of light entering a room from different points, and converging produce dark-
ness where they meet. The immutability of God and his readiness to be moved by our tears and prayers must both be admitted, though we cannot understand their agreement. From the general and acknowledged truth that God is immutable in his nature and purposes some have drawn conclusions inconsistent with a proper view of his other attributes and of their duty. Is there not good reason to believe that the inactivity of some Christians may be attributed to their erronious conceptions of the character and decrees of Godjl WRESTLING WITH GOD. 47 There is a representation, though imperfect, of the immutability of God in the character of a firmly established Christian. His piety may be so deep as not to suffer him to do wrong, and to sustain him in the severest trials. Though firm, yet he may be com-passionate. The Christian most distinguished for firmness may be most susceptible of being affected by a viewof the sufl^ering state of the church, or of any of his fellow creatures. This is true, the greater the advance-

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