JOHN NEWTON (AMAZING GRACE)

Posted: September 25, 2010 in Uncategorized
I’ve just finished reading CAPTURED by GRACE by David Jeremiah.  He about John Newton the author of the hymn Amazing Grace writes:

"John Newton lost his wife on this side of the bridge.  This surely was the ultimate test of his faith, for he had an abiding love for her after many years of marriage.  Having been married for 22 years, he wrote her a letter and said, "Every room where you are not present looks unfinished."

But one day he began to face the prospect of living out his life in unfurnished rooms.  He had hoped, with all of his heart, that he would precede his wife to the grave.  But now it was clear that his beloved Mary was becoming weaker every day.  Newton’s friends worried about him; they couldn’t imagine how he would handle life without Mary by his side.

The Christian should be "hard-pressed, yet not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair." Would Newton have that demanding level of spiritual maturity?

On the day of Mary’s death, John Newton preached at the regular service.  The next day he visited parishioners, and finally he preached the sermon at her funeral.  Did he grieve?  Of course he did-powerfully.  He would later write, "The Bank of England is too poor to compensate for such a loss as mine.  But the Lord, the all sufficient God, speaks, and it is done.  Let those who know Him. and trust Him, be of good courage.  He can give them strength according to their day.  He can increase their strength as their trials increase…and what He can do He has promised that He will do."

John Newton had tried the bridge and found that it would bear his weight.  As a matter of fact, the grace of God has limitless strength.  Every single one of us can trust our very lives to it.  It has never failed, and it never will." 

We can count on God’s grace!

John

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