Unstable as Water

In his youth, Robert Robinson was apprenticed to a barber in London and lived a wild and reckless life. But one day he heard a sermon by George Whitefield on the stern words of John the Baptist to the Jewish leaders of his day, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matt. 3:7). The Spirit of God convicted the wayward young man and he put his faith in Christ.

Associated with the Wesleys for a time, Robinson served as a pastor in several churches. He wrote a number of works on theology, and two hymns that we know of, ‘Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee, and Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing’. The latter hymn begins:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.

The song is autobiographical in its confession of a proneness to wander away from the Lord. Though a man of intellectual brilliance, Robert Robinson was, in the words of Scripture, “unstable as water” (Gen. 49:4). In his later years he drifted away from God. This weakness is reflected in a later stanza of the hymn above:

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

In a spiritually backslidden condition, the author was traveling in a stage coach one day. His only companion was a young woman unknown to him. In the providence of God, and not realizing who it was she spoke with, the woman quoted Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, saying what an encouragement it had been to her. And try as he might, Robinson could not get her to change the subject.

Finally, he said, with tears in his eyes, “Madam, I am the poor unhappy man who composed that hymn, many years ago. And I would give a thousand worlds, if I had them, to enjoy the feelings I then had! ”Gently, she replied, “Sir, the ‘streams of mercy’ are still flowing.” He was deeply touched by that. As a result of the encounter he repented. His fellowship with the Lord was restored through the ministry of his own hymn, and a Christian’s willing witness.

Beautiful to Look Upon

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

– Genesis 3:21

Does your apparel draw attention to themselves in the wrong way? Does it shout “SEX!” or “PRIDE!” or “MONEY!” or does it portray “purity,” “humility,” and “moderation?” ‘Look not for better within than you see without, for everyone seems better than [he] is; if the face be vanity, the heart is pride.’ Are we dressing for men or the Lord? Are we dressing to sensually attract others to ourselves? Apparel, believe it, ‘is often a sure window to the heart’s desires and inclinations.’

We are not made more handsome and beautiful by excess exposure of our bodies, but by modest moderation, pleasing to the Lord and respectful towards fellow man and oneself.

“…and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.”

– 2 Samuel 11:2.

Are you beautiful & handsome to look upon? You’re wise and know how to apply.