Taken and adapted from “The Whole Works of Robert Leighton: Sermon XXII”
Written by, Robert Leighton
Adapted from, The Dead Puritan Society. Hosted by Paul D.
Edited for thought and sense. Published in Edinburgh: 1832
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,because he trusts in you.” –Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
This is the way to have peace and assurance, which many look for first…
”You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you,” Isaiah 26: 3. So, here, the heart is fixed by trusting. Seek then clearer apprehensions of the faithfulness and goodness of God, hearts more enlarged in the notion of free grace, and the absolute trust due to it; thus shall they be more established and fixed in all the rollings and changes of the world.
Heart fixed or prepared, ready, pressed and in arms for all services; resolved not to give back, able to meet all adventures, and stand its ground. God is unchangeable; and, therefore, faith is invincible, that sets the heart on him; fastens it there on the rock of eternity; then let winds blow and storm arise, it cares not. The firm and close cleaving unto God hath in it of the affection, which is inseparable from his trust — love with faith; and so a hatred of all ways and thoughts that alienate and estrange from God, that remove and unsettle the heart. The holiest, wariest heart, is surely the most believing and fixed heart: if a believer will adventure on any one way of sin, he shall find that will unfix him, and shake his confidence, more than ten thousand hazards and assaults from without. These are so far from mov ing, that they settle and fix the heart commonly more, cause it to cleave closer and nearer unto God; but sinful liberty breeds inquiet, and disturbs all. Where sin is, there will be a storm; the wind within the bowels of the earth makes the earth quake.
Would you be quiet and have peace within in troublous times, keep near unto God…
…be ware of anything that may interpose betwixt you and your confidence. It is good for me (says the Psalmist) to be near God; not only to draw near, but to keep near, to cleave to him, and dwell in him: so the word. Oh, the sweet calm of such a soul amidst all storms; thus once trusting and fixed, then no more fear, not afraid of evil tidings, nor of any ill-hearing! Whatsoever sound is terrible in the ears of men, the noise of war, news of death, even the sound of the trumpet in the last judgment, he hears all this calmly.
Nothing is unexpected, being once fixed on God; then the heart may put cases to itself, and suppose all things imaginable, the most terrible, and look for them; not troubled before trouble with dark and dismal apprehensions, but satisfied in a quiet, unmoved expectation of the hardest things. What soever it is, though particularly not thought on before, yet the heart is not afraid of the news of it, because fixed, trusting on the Lord; nothing can shake that foundation, nor dissolve that union, therefore no fear.