Isaac Ambrose on Being in Nature

In his book, Looking Unto Jesus, or the Soul’s Eyeing of Jesus as Carrying on the Great Work of Man’s Salvation (1658), Puritan Isaac Ambrose allows us into his private thoughts on communion with Christ: "I know not what others' experiences may be, but if I have found anything of God, or of his grace, I may thank a wood, a wilderness, a desert, a solitary place, for its accommodation; and have I not a blessed pattern here before me?" The "blessed pattern" pastor Ambrose speaks of is Christ's prayerful 40 days in a lonely wilderness in preparation for Satan's temptation and the devil's ultimate defeat.

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