Hoddy, Robert Memoir of Israel Atkinson

ISBN 13: 9780217178693

Memoir of Israel Atkinson

9780217178693: Memoir of Israel Atkinson

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882. Excerpt: ... PART I. EARLY LIFE AND CALL BY GRACE. "Before Thy hand had made The sun to rule the day, Or earth's foundations laid, Or fashioned Adam's clay, What thoughts of peace and mercy flowed In Thy dear bosom, O my God! "A monument of grace, A sinner saved by blood,--The streams of Jove I trace Up to the Fountain, God; And in His sacred bosom see Eternal thoughts of love to me." "the hand of God is without doubt in all history. Sparrows are the objects of His care. And if the life and motions of the smallest of the lowest creatures are under His care and control, reason teaches us that the events of a man's life must certainly be under His providence. For myself, I have no doubt that every unit of mankind which has ever existed, however inconsiderable, has, even to the minutest circumstance of its life, occupied the mind and employed the providence of the Most High. If this thought surprises at the first blush, and if on maturer consideration the surprise heightens to astonishment, as reflection ripens, conviction will deepen; and while we may be led to admire the marvellous greatness of His sustaining working and managing power, this deepened conviction may lead us, with veiled faces, to adore Him who emphatically is God over all. It is my most solemn conviction that the God whom I worship 'Over-rules all mortal things, And manages our mean affairs.' I shall therefore endeavour to catch and lay before you the signs of his wondrous over-ruling and management in my little history. While some men are contriving by the aid of science, falsely so called, to shut God out of His own world, it will be my object, religiously believing in His universal presence and government, to acknowledge Him everywhere." These are the words of him to whom the following pages relate, ...

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