Posted by: the watchmen | December 27, 2007

CH Spurgeon________December 27.

December 27-Morning {Daily Reading: #Re 12:1-13:18} {Quick Study: #Re 9:1-11:19}

“Can the rush grow up without mire?” {#Job 8:11}

The rush is spongy and hollow, and even so is a hypocrite;

there is no substance or stability in him. It is shaken to and

fro in every wind just as formalists yield to every influence;

for this reason the rush is not broken by the tempest, neither

are hypocrites troubled with persecution. I would not willingly

be a deceiver or be deceived; perhaps the text for this day may

help me to try myself whether I am a hypocrite or not. The rush

by nature lives in water, and owes its very existence to the

mire and moisture wherein it has taken root; let the mire become

dry, and the rush withers very quickly. Its greenness is

absolutely dependent upon circumstances, a present abundance of

water makes it flourish, and a drought destroys it at once. Is

this my case? Do I only serve God when I am in good company, or

when religion is profitable and respectable? Do I love the Lord

only when temporal comforts are received from his hands? If so I

am a base hypocrite, and like the withering rush, I shall perish

when death deprives me of outward joys. But can I honestly

assert that when bodily comforts have been few, and my

surroundings have been rather adverse to grace than at all

helpful to it, I have still held fast my integrity? then have I

hope that there is genuine vital godliness in me. The rush

cannot grow without mire, but plants of the Lord’s right hand

planting can and do flourish even in the year of drought. A

godly man often grows best when his worldly circumstances decay.

He who follows Christ for his bag is a Judas; they who follow

for loaves and fishes are children of the devil; but they who

attend him out of love to himself are his own beloved ones.

Lord, let me find my life in thee, and not in the mire of

this world’s favour or gain.

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