“Man cannot take away my God” by Thomas Brooks

“God is a safe portion, a secure portion. He is a portion that none can rob or wrong you of; He is a portion that none can touch or take from you: He is a portion that none can cheat or spoil you of. God is such a portion, that no friend, no foe, no man, no enemy, no devil can ever rob a Christian of.

O Christians, God is so yours in Christ, and so yours by covenant, and so yours by promise, and so yours by purchase, and so yours by conquest, and so yours by donation, and so yours by marriage union and communion, and so yours by the earnest of the Spirit, and so yours by the feelings and witnessings of the Spirit, that no power or policy on earth can ever finger your portion, or cheat, or rob you of your portion.

‘For this God is our God for ever and ever, and He will be our guide even unto death.’ (Ps. 48:14) He is not only our God for the present, nor He will not be only our God for a short time longer; oh no, but He will be our God for ever and ever.

If God be once thy portion, He will be forever thy portion. It must be a power that must over-match the power of God, and a strength that must be above the strength of God, that must rob or spoil a Christian of his portion; but who is there that is stronger than God?

Is the clay stronger than the potter, or the stubble than the flame, or weakness than strength? Yea, is not the very weakness of God stronger than man? And who then shall ever be able to take away a Christian’s portion from him?

But now a man may be easily deprived of his earthly portion. How many have been deprived of their earthly portions by storms at sea, and others by force and violence, and others by fraud and deceit, and others by hideous lying and hellish swearing?

Many have lost their earthly portions by treachery, knavery, perjury, subtilty, robbery. Some play away their earthly portions, and others with Esau fool away their earthly portions, and not a few, with the prodigal, sin away their earthly portions. A man can no sooner come to enjoy an earthly portion, but other men’s fingers itch to be a-fingering of his portion, as daily experience doth sufficiently evidence.

But God is a portion that the fire cannot burn, nor the floods cannot drown, nor the thief cannot steal, nor the enemy cannot sequester, nor the soldier cannot plunder a Christian of. A man may take away my gold from me, but he cannot take away my God from me.

The Chaldeans and the Sabeans could take away Job’s estate from him, but they could not take away Job’s God from him (Job 1). And the Amalekites burnt Ziklag, and robbed David of his substance, and of his wives, but they could not rob him of his God (1 Sam. 30). And those persecutors in the 10th and 11th chapters of the Hebrews plundered the saints of their goods, but they could not plunder them of their God.

Till weakness can make a breach upon strength, impotency upon omnipotency, the pitcher upon the potter, and the crawling worm upon the Lord of hosts, a saint’s portion is safe and secure.

It is true, sickness and disease may take away my health and my strength from me, and death may take away my friends and my relations from me, and enemies may take away my estate, my liberty, my life from me.

But none of all these can take away my God from me. Certainly God is so chained, and so linked, and so nailed to His people by His everlasting love, and by His everlasting covenant, and by the blood of His Son, and by His oath, and by that law of relation that is between Him and them, that no created power shall ever be able to deprive them of Him.”

–Thomas Brooks, “A Matchless Portion,” in The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 2, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert, 1866), 26-27. Brooks is preaching from Lamentations 3:24.

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