How absolutely unexpected. Another post about Charles Spurgeon.
What can I say? I can’t help it.
I’ve been building a stockpile for you guys on my phone and now I get to share them with you!
Once again, Spurgeon’s words are in bold and mine are regular text. All Scripture quotations are taken from the ESV.
Consider how precious a soul must be when both God and the devil are after it.
If a person’s soul matters so much to God that He sent His only Son to die to redeem it, why do we often look with apathy on the people around us?
In this age of hate and strife, sometimes we see the wicked people around us and think they don’t deserve salvation. (There are several flaws to that thought, one of them being that none of us deserve salvation.) We harbor resentment against them in our hearts.
But 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
Instead of looking at the wicked people around us and raising our noses, let’s search for ways to reach them with the gospel.
Cheer up now, you faint-hearted warrior. Not only has Christ traveled this road, but He has defeated your enemies.
I found this quote on a picture of a young woman with a sword in the wilderness. She’s tired and the wind keeps blowing her hair and skirts every which way, making the journey difficult. It doesn’t look as if she is getting anywhere. Perhaps she should turn around and go home.
Two verses come to mind as I consider our fictional maiden’s plight.
Hebrews 4:15: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
John 16:33: “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus blazed the trail for us to follow. He knows the struggles we will face on our Christian walk, but ultimately, all our enemies are defeated and have no power anymore.
We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously He once waited for us.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a naturally patient person. I get antsy waiting for someone to respond to an email or text. I want my Amazon packages delivered in approximately ten minutes.
And sometimes, I get impatient with God. I want Him to solve all my problems right now and answer my prayers instantly (and exactly the way I want Him to).
But God is not the order-taker at a drive-thru. His job is not to please us and serve our every whim.
His patience with us is incredible. Even when we stumble and sin, He doesn’t cast us aside. I already quoted 2 Peter 3:9, but it is worth repeating: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
And if God is so patient with us, shouldn’t we be patient with others?
Christ’s eyes never slumber, His hands never rest, and His shoulders are never weary of carrying His people’s burdens.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:14). A shepherd provides everything for His sheep. He knows where to take them to graze and where the best freshwater supplies are. He will not lose any of them and He will never ignore those who are weary and struggling.
Isn’t the image of Jesus as our Shepherd beautiful?
God takes more care of us than we take of ourselves. You never heard of a man who numbered the hairs of his head.
I’m not the best plant-mom. It’s a good thing most of them are cacti and can tolerate drought. More often than not, I completely forget to water them. Either that or I fully intend to take care of them, but don’t make it a priority.
Thankfully, God takes infinitely better care of us than I do my plants. He never neglects us or forgets our existence. He never is distracted by a more pressing issue.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matt. 6:26). God cares for all of His creation!
Luke 12:7 tells us God knows the number of hairs on our head.
That’s certainly more than I know about my plants!
You stand before God as if you were Christ, because Christ stood before God as if He were you.
Is there anything to add to this?
The doctrine of justification is truly a wonderful and marvelous thing.
Justification is the legal transaction where we are given Christ’s righteousness and He takes our sin. When God looks at the believer, He sees the perfect robe of Christ’s righteousness and no longer our sinfulness.
Let me close this post with a final quote:
Child of God, you cost Christ too much for Him to forget you.