In his lecture, “Divine Agency in Revivals,” W.B. Sprague concludes with these words:
“Go and do your duty to each other and to the world; go and instruct the ignorant and guide in the inquiring and put forth every effort you can to bring souls to Jesus; but remember after all, and remember for your rich encouragement, the doctrine of sovereign grace. Yes, even in the moments when you feel the weakest and your work seems the greatest, and when obstacles the most appalling rise up in your path, and when your heart is driven from every other source of hope, even then remember the doctrine of sovereign grace and hold on your way, labouring yet rejoicing.”
W.B. Sprague, Lectures on Revivals of Religion (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2007), 88.
What an encouraging word! They be but one of you today who is growing weary in doing good. Your hands are beginning to drop, your heart beginning to fail, your hopes begin to fade. Be encouraged, my friend, and ponder anew the doctrine of sovereign grace. Almighty, Omnipotent God will accomplish what is lacking, for He who began a good work in you will continue to will and to do according to His good pleasure. I pray you are as encouraged as I am to know that God is “in” us and “for” us through His Son Jesus Christ who stands in our place!
Remember after all,
and remember for your rich encouragement,
the doctrine of sovereign grace.