The Best Physic
My dear Friends in the Friend of sinners, and in very deed
I can say, from the contents of Mrs. S.'s kind letters, my dear Sisters
I was very glad to hear from you, and to find that our brother
M— still improves in his health, and I can truly say that I have greatly
rejoiced to find that the Lord is so gracious unto him. Blessed be the glorious
name of our covenant God, he has verified that precious promise in the experience
of our dear brother; "I will be as the dew unto Israel; he shall grow
as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon; his branches shall spread,
and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon."
O what an infinite blessing to be able, under the unction of God the Holy
Ghost, to say, "This God is my God for ever and ever; he will be my
Guide even unto death." In very deed there is no god like the God of
Jeshurun. Honours crown his brow, he will supply all our needs according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus our Lord. A covenant God forsake
his blood-bought bride! No, never, never. Bless his precious name, he has
betrothed her to himself for ever, in righteousness, in judgment, in loving-kindness,
in mercies, (or bowels,) and in faithfulness; (Hos. ii. 19, 2O;) so that
come what will, all is and must be well with Zion.
I must now inform
my friends that, through the dispensations of my God, I was last Lord's
day confined to my room by reason of affliction, which is the first Lord's
day that I have been wholly confined since I came to Manchester. I was rather
fearful of a high fever and inflammation of the chest, but through the good
hand of God upon me, I am wonderfully restored, and hope to be able to
speak a little tomorrow in the dear name of my Lord. I have been much supported
in my affliction, and have had some sweet views of God's glory in Christ,
and of my own interest in all new covenant blessings. The third and fourth
chapters of Exodus, and part of the sixth, have been sweet indeed to my
soul. O how blessed it is to have the glorious promises of a covenant God
sealed upon our hearts! for though at times, like Moses, we may raise our
unbelieving fears and objections, God's promise is for ever sure, and
in the end shall completely upset all the power of unbelief. These precious
promises, with their connections, have been much blessed to my soul; "Certainly
I will be with thee;" (Exod. iii. 12O. "Now therefore go, and
I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." (Exod.
iv. 12.) What blessing is there that we have not in Christ? Verily, none;
for "all things are ours, for we are Christ's, and Christ is God's."
The contents of your letters have done both me and some of my friends good,
and we have indeed rejoiced with you and our dear brother M—, and praised
God for his kindness towards him. A few more storms, and a few more lifts
by the way, and we shall be for ever with the Lord, free, everlastingly
free from sin, cursed sin. Then shall we sing and never sigh again. Thrice
blessed day! yea, thrice blessed state, when we shall be like our dear Lord,
and see him as he is!
That the Lord may bless you and all the friends
with his sweet presence, is the prayer of, yours in the Lord,
1829. W. GADSBY.