Posted by: the watchmen | October 7, 2007

CH Spurgeon – 7th October

October 7-Morning {Daily Reading: #Mt 15:1-17:27} {Quick Study: #Mt 21:1-22:46}
“Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant?” {#Nu 11:11}
Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try ourfaith. If our faith be worth anything, it will stand thetest. Gilt is afraid of fire, but gold is not: the pastegem dreads to be touched by the diamond, but the true jewelfears no test. It is a poor faith which can only trust God whenfriends are true, the body full of health, and the businessprofitable; but that is true faith which holds by the Lord’sfaithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, whenspirits are depressed, and the light of our Father’s countenanceis hidden. A faith which can say, in the direst trouble,”Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,” is heaven bornfaith. The Lord afflicts his servants to glorify himself,for he is greatly glorified in the graces of his people, whichare his own handiwork. When “tribulation worketh patience; andpatience, experience; and experience, hope,” the Lord ishonoured by these growing virtues. We should never know themusic of the harp if the strings were left untouched; nor enjoythe juice of the grape if it were not trodden in the winepress;nor discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon if it were notpressed and beaten; nor feel the warmth of fire if the coalswere not utterly consumed. The wisdom and power of the greatWorkman are discovered by the trials through which his vesselsof mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend alsoto heighten future joy. There must be shades in the pictureto bring out the beauty of the lights. Could we be so supremelyblessed in heaven, if we had not known the curse of sin and thesorrow of earth? Will not peace be sweeter after conflict, andrest more welcome after toil? Will not the recollection of pastsufferings enhance the bliss of the glorified? There are manyother comfortable answers to the question with which we openedour brief meditation, let us muse upon it all day long.

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  1. Dear Watchmen
    Thank you for your ministry in honour of our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. On behalf of King James Bible Believers across the water 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.


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