Isaac Penington (1616–1679) was an early member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in England. He wrote about the movement extensively and defended its’ principles. I’ve mentioned before that the Quakers are serious about achieving clarity in God’s will when making decisions. In this quote, Penington describes how continually seeking clarity leads us into greater spiritual maturity.
“Hast thou a sense of the way to the Father? Then be careful that thy spirit daily bow before Him, that He would continue His mercy to thee; making thy way more and more clear before thee every day;–yea, and bearing thee up in all the exercises and trials which may befall thee, in every kind; that, by His secret working in thy spirit, and helping thee with a little help from time to time, thou mayest still be advancing nearer and nearer towards the kingdom; until thou find the Lord God administer an entrance unto thee thereinto, and give thee an inheritance of life, joy, righteousness and peace therein; which is strength unto the soul against sin and death.
For more Quaker quotes, see these posts:
What Damages our Spiritual Life? (according to Hannah Whitall Smith)