Samuel Rutherford


Scottish Presbyterian Pastor, Theologian and Author, Scottish Commisioner to the Westminster Assembly

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Like a fool as I was, I suffered my sun to be high in the heavens and near afternoon before I ever took the gate by the end.

My desire is that my Lord would give me broader and deeper thoughts, to feed myself with wondering at His love.

Since He looked upon me, my heart is not my own. He hath run away to heaven with it.

Believe God's love and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences.

Take Christ in with you under your yoke, and let patience have her perfect work.

Build your nest upon no tree here, for ye see that God hath sold the forest to death.

The bloom fell off my branches and joy did cast off its flower

Dearest wife, let us go on and faint not; something of ours is in heaven besides the flesh of our exalted Savior, and we go on after our own.

The good Husbandman may pluck His rose & gather in His lily.

Grace tried is better than grace, and more than grace; it is glory in its infancy.

The night will close the door & fasten my anchor within the veil and I shall go away to sleep.

Grow as a palm-tree on God's Mount Zion; howbeit shaken with winds, yet the root is fast.

When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines.

I find my Lord Jesus cometh not in the precise way that I lay wait for Him. He hath a manner of His own. Oh, how high are His ways above my ways

When I look to my guiltiness, I see that my salvation is one of our Saviour's greatest miracles, either in heaven or earth.

I know that as night and shadows are good for flowers, and moonlight and dews are better than a continual sun? and that it hath some nourishing virtue in it, and giveth sap to humility, and putteth an edge on hunger, and furnisheth a fair field for faith to put forth itself.

When ye are come to the other side of the water, and have set down your foot on the shore ot glorious eternity, and look back again to the waters and to your wearisome journey, and shall see in that clear glass of endless glory, nearer to the bottom of God's wisdom, ye shall then be forced to say, " If God had done otherwise with me than He hath done, I had never come to the enjoyment of this crown of glory."

I pray God that I may never find my will again. Oh, that Christ would subject my will to His, and trample it under His feet.

Ye and I might meet with joy up in the rainbow.

I see grace growth best in winter

If you should see a man shut up in a closed room, idolizing a set of lamps and rejoicing in their light, and you wished to make him truly happy, you would begin by blowing out all his lamps; and then throw open the shutters to let in the light of heaven.

It is certain that this is not only good which the Almighty has done, but that it is best; He hath reckoned all your steps to heaven.

It is in some respect greater love in Jesus to sanctify than to justify, for He maketh us most like Himself, in His own essential portraiture and image in sanctifying us.

It is no small comfort that God hath written some Scriptures to you which He hath not to others. Read these, and think God is like a friend who sendeth a letter to a whole house and family, but who speaketh in His letter to some by name that are dearest to Him in the house.

Be not cast down. If ye saw Him who is standing on the shore, holding out His arms to welcome you to land, ye would wade, not only through a sea of wrongs, but through hell itself to be with Him.

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Scottish Presbyterian Pastor, Theologian and Author, Scottish Commisioner to the Westminster Assembly