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The Lord God in the most perfect manner knows at every moment of the existence… St. John of Kronstadt

St. John of Kronstadt

Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς_Jesus-Christ_Иисус-Христос-Byzantine Orthodox Icon5_untitledMay my soul understand that as everything proceeded from God and exists in God, therefore the Lord God in the most perfect manner knows at every moment of the existence and of the nature of every being, and that He supports its existence, at every moment, by the laws of nature given by Him. If we, ourselves, having written a book, know all about its disposition and contents, about all the ideas to be found in it, so that when other people explain us the idea, and especially the plan of our book, we say that it is our plan, our idea; then why should we take from the Lord His omniscience of all worlds, of all creatures, of all things contained in the world, with all their qualities and conditions? Are they not, so to say, the book of God? And thus, my soul, reverence thy Creator every moment of thy life, and know that at every moment He knows thee wholly, that He supports and gives thee life and everything necessary for thy existence and welfare. “How could anything have endured if it had not been Thy will?”[Wisdom xi. 25.[1166] Jeremiah xvii. 7; Psalm ii. 12; Proverbs xvi. 20.]

O, what shame is ours! Heavenly Father! Thou who knowest what things we have need of, and givest them to us before we ask Thee, [St. Matthew vi. 8] have mercy upon us unfaithful, ungrateful, and evil-natured ones. Lord, we hear Thy merciful words: “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee;”[Hebrews xiii. 5.] but being daily tempted by earthly blessings, we do not heed them, and transgress Thy will.

Excerpts compiled from: My Life in Christ or Moments of Spiritual Serenity and Contemplation, of Reverent Feeling, of Earnest Self-Amendment, and of Peace in God, St. John of Kronstadt.
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