By David Brainerd
David Brainerd (1718-1747) was once a colonial American missionary to local american citizens made recognized while Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) posthumously edited his magazine and different writings right into a renowned biographical narrative. Having frolicked at Yale college, Brainerd entered the ministry in 1742 and committed his existence to paintings among local peoples in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey earlier than expiring on the age of 29. This 1902 variation of The Diary and magazine of David Brainerd supplied readers with a broader photo of his lifestyles and the resource fabric from which Edwards composed his narrative. quantity 1 focuses often upon the diary, which includes Brainerd's dialogue of his short existence, together with now not insignificant connection with the ailment that claimed him. finally, the ideas preserved during this two-volume set are a massive source for these drawn to faith in the US in the course of the interval referred to as the 'Great Awakening'.
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Was exceedingly pressed under a sense of my pride, selfishness, bitterness, and party-spirit, while I attempted to promote the cause of God. I saw how poor souls stumbled over them into everlasting destruction. " And, within three weeks : " I dared not look any one in the face, for it verily seemed as if they saw all the sins I had ever been guilty of. " And, once again, two months subsequently: " Sometimes I have been in a kind of horror to find myself so unlike the blessed God, and have thought I grew worse under all my trials; and nothing has cut and wounded my soul more than this.
That is not the source of his trouble. Once he has found his dwelling-place in God, he is free from tormenting misgivings regarding the reality of his own salvation. The uncertainty whether or no the soul has reached the land of corn and wine, the dread lest at the last it should miss the crown of life and should be doomed to the blackness of darkness,—a dread and an uncertainty which have kept many of the saints all their lives subject to bondage,—do not harass him. His poignant pains are traceable to another fountain-head.
He would take no denial. In his manhood he had power with God; yea, he had power over the Angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto Him. Three or four times he speaks of being "quite wet with sweat," though the air was cold and the winds were keen, when he came forth from his agonies of entreaty in the depths of the woods; again we are irresistibly reminded of another and a diviner Petitioner under the sombre screen of the trees, and of the ground reddened with the drops of His bloody sweat: Brainerd drank of His cup, and was baptized with His baptism.