Friday, April 20, 2012

Knowing vs. Hoping


Spurgeon on Job's refrain, "I know that my Redeemer lives," which he states as the comforting truth while in the midst of his suffering:

"[...] But there is also another word here, expressive of Job's strong confidence, "I know." To say, "I hope so, I trust so" is comfortable; and there are thousands in the fold of Jesus who hardly ever get much further. 

But to reach the essence of consolation you must say, "I know." 

Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murderers of peace and comfort. 

Doubts are dreary things in times of sorrow. Like wasps they sting the soul! 

If I have any suspicion that Christ is not mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if I know that Jesus lives for me, then darkness is not dark: even the night is light about me. 

Surely if Job, in those ages before the coming and advent of Christ, could say, "I know," we should not speak less positively. 

God forbid that our positiveness should be presumption. 

Let us see that our evidences are right, lest we build upon an ungrounded hope; and then let us not be satisfied with the mere foundation, for it is from the upper rooms that we get the widest prospect. 

A living Redeemer, truly mine, is joy unspeakable."

Another kick in the kiester from Spurgeon. So worth it. Great truths and reminders for us when we suffer. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ask. He is ready to hear!

"Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding him of his promises. 

He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. 

It is his delight to bestow favours. 

He is more ready to hear than you are to ask."

A timely word from Spurgeon this morning, March 11.