AUGUST J. KING QUOTED THIS PASSAGE

FROM COLUMBUS'S DIARY

IN AN ARTICLE WHICH APPEARED IN THE

OCTOBER 1971 ISSUE OF “ THE PRESBYTERIAN LAYMAN “


“It was the Lord who put it into my mind, (I could feel His hand

upon me), the fact that it would be possible to sail from here

to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with

laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the

inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted

me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy

Scriptures......

I am a noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for

grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I

have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole

purpose to enjoy is marvelous presence.

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make

use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.

It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah* had

prophesied ......

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our

Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely

for His holy service. The working out of all things has

been assigned to , each person by our Lord, but it all

happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives

advice. Oh what a gracious Lord, who desires that people

should perform for Him those things for which He holds

Himself responsible! Day and night, moment by moment,

everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to

Him”.

Columbus's reference to Isaiah's prophecy was probably

Isaiah 40:22

“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth”

N“ THE PRESBYTERIAN LAYMAN “

AN INSPIRING TESTIMONY

FROM THE DIARY OF CHRISTOPHER

COLUMBUS


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