Monday, November 24, 2008


I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

"I have seen, I have diligently observed and considered upon this occasion, the travail, or the occupation or business, men's various employments, and the differing successes of them, which God hath given to the sons of men; either, 1. Which God hath imposed upon men as their duty; and therefore men must labor, although it brings them no profit, as was now said. Or 2. Which God hath inflicted upon mankind as a just punishment for their sins; to which therefore men ought quietly to submit. To be exercised in it; that hereby they might have constant matter of exercise for their diligence, and patience, and submission to God's will and providence, and for all other graces. Or, that they might be afflicted or humbled therewith, as the same phrase is rendered by divers, Eccles. i. 13." -- Matthew Poole

We often forget the value of the exercises which God has given us to work out in our lives. We ought to take advantage of each and every one of them while on this earth.


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