The Sweeter Rest

1 Nov

Once I knew what it was to rest upon the rock of God’s promises, and it was indeed a precious resting place, but now I rest in His grace. He is teaching me that the bosom of His love is a far sweeter resting-place than even the rock of His promises.

Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911)

Quoted in Mystics, Mavericks & Miracle Workers, by E. Sandras & J. Chatraw, Ampelon 2007, 140

2 Responses to “The Sweeter Rest”

  1. Peter Wilson November 2, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Hi Paul, Found Hannah Smith’s comments a bit puzzling. I’m not denying her experience and maybe she’s at a place I have yet to discover.

    I myself rest in God’s grace and use the promises. To me, His grace is the launch pad to using His promises for various areas of the grace life: Healing, Proseprity etc.

    Otheriwise what’s the point of the promises in the first place. We may as well do away with them all.

    I’d be very interested to hear your take on it.
    Peter Wilson.

    • Paul Ellis November 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

      Hi Peter, I just found your comment. (I don’t visit GraceQuotes every day – I send ’em out in batches.) I think what she’s saying is she used to trust in the promises but she’s since had a revelation of the Promise-keeper. It’s like when you get married. Your vows may contain just a few promises. You make these promises to your wife and she makes them to you. From then on you can either trust your wife’s few promises – hold her to them – or you can trust her. I can’t really recall what my wife promised me – she is greater than her promises and I trust her. Same with God.

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