There is nothing new under the sun, including the latest craze over Twitter. You may be surprised to know that people were tweeting before there was Twitter. Of course they didn’t call it tweeting, it was called journaling. I have been reminded of this lately in my reading of Andrew Bonar’s The Life of Robert Murray M’Cheyne.
Be challenged and blessed by the following journal entries of M’Cheyne:
June 27, 1832-“Life of David Brainerd. Most wonderful man! What conflicts, what depressions, desertions, strength, advancement, victories, within they torn bosom! I cannot express what I think when I think of thee. To-night, more set upon missionary enterprise than ever.”
July 19, 1836-“Died, this day, W. M’Cheyne, my cousin-german, Relief minister, Kelso. O how I repent of our vain controversies on Establishments when we last met, and that we spoke so little of Jesus! O that we had spoken more one to another! Lord, teach me to be always speaking as dying to dying.”
April 9, 1837-“Evening.-A very pleasant quietness. Study of the Epistle to the Hebrews. Came to a more intelligent view of the first six chapters than ever before. Much refreshed by John Newton; instructed by Edwards. Help and freedom in prayer. Lord, what a happy season is a Sabbath evening! What will Heaven be!”
April 16, 1837-“Sabbath Evening.-Much prayer and peace. Reading the Bible only.”
June 2, 1837-“Much peace and rest to-night. Much broken under a sense of my exceeding wickedness, which no eye can see but thine. Much persuasion of the sufficiency of Christ, and of the constancy of his love. O how sweet to work all day for God, and then to lie down at night under his smiles.”
Sept. 28, 1837-“Devoted chief part of Friday to fasting. Humbled and refreshed.”
What a rich blessing it is to have these journal entries from a man who sought so hard after God. May the Lord help us to commit to the discipline of journaling and thereby encourage another generation of Christian pilgrims.