Sunday, July 19, 2015

For Those Who Fear the Future

Every morning, Ken and I have devotions together. We read Morning Evening by Charles Spurgeon, then read a chapter from the Bible and pray. This past week, I read the following written by Spurgeon. After I read, "Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God's people are safe." I was so choked up, I had to stop for a minute. This is just what God's people need to hear in this turbulent day and age in which we live. Our hope, faith and trust must always be in God and not our circumstances.  I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help is from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth {and the mountains!} Psalm 121:1,2.

Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. 

When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while he did this, he took care that his own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one "Elijah," but he had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was subject to famine, yet these fifties in the cave were fed, and fed from Ahab's table too by His faithful, God-fearing steward, Obadiah. 

Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God's people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest. If God cannot save his people under heaven, he will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. 

Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon his promise; rest in his faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom.

"Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, 
and shall be quiet from fear of evil."
Proverbs 1:33