Few days back, I had to endure some severe pain in my body. No medication, no pain killer, nothing worked. I was in tears because of the intensity of the pain. My entire family did not know how to deal with the situation. Though some suggested that I should be admitted to the hospital right away, I was in no condition to travel.
In such a severe pain, I wanted to divert my mind and opened my email, and there was this email I receive daily from gracegems.org, with the title, “HE cannot love you more – and He will not love you less.” As soon as I saw the heading, to be honest, my mind thought that it is going to be a devotional, where it says, God loves you so much and He would deliver you from this affliction… apparently, my mind has become so tuned to this century Christian teaching. But it was a devotional from Spurgeon and it was exactly opposite to what I thought… and it brought tears into my eyes… tears of joy and tears of love. And I surrendered myself, with all the pain and affliction, to the love of God and soon, the pain became tolerable. This is the devotional.
He cannot love you more–and He will not love you less! – Charles Spurgeon
“Having loved His own who were in the world–He loved them to the very end!” – John 13:1
Christian, God’s love to you is always the same. He cannot love you more–and He will not love you less!
Never, when afflictions multiply, when terrors frighten you or when your distresses abound–does God’s love falter or flag. Let the rod fall ever so heavily upon you–the hand that moves, like the heart that prompts the stroke, is full of love! Judge not the Lord by feeble sense–but trust Him for His grace. Whether He brings you down into the depths of misery, or lifts you up into the seventh Heaven of delight–His faithful love never varies or fluctuates–it is everlasting in its continuity!
“His faithful love endures forever!” – Psalm 136:1
“I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love!” – Jeremiah 31:3
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!” – Lamentations 3:22
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away–may the name of the LORD be praised!” – Job 1:21
“Shall we accept good from God–and not trouble?” – Job 2:10
Let the Lord do as He wills to us! He will never be unkind to us! He has always been our friend–He will never be our foe!
He will never put us into the furnace–unless He means to purge the dross out of us. Nor will there be one degree more heat in that furnace than is absolutely necessary–there will always be mercy to balance the misery–and strength supplied to support the burden to be borne.
Oh, children of God, your Father knows best! Leave everything in His hands and be at peace–for all is well.
“I was silent; I would not open my mouth–for You are the one who has done this!” – Psalm 39:9
“He is the LORD; let him do what is good in His eyes!” – 1 Samuel 3:18
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty–yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” – Habakkuk 3:17-18
– Charles Spurgeon, from gracegems.org
Behold the throne of grace!
The promise calls me near,
There Jesus shows a smiling face,
And waits to answer prayer.
My soul, ask what thou wilt,
Thou canst not be too bold;
Since His own blood for thee He spilt,
What else can He withhold?
Thine image, Lord, bestow,
Thy presence and Thy love;
I ask to serve Thee here below,
And reign with Thee above.
– From the Interpreter: Devotional Bible by C. H. Spurgeon
When we undergo some testing times, it is easy to get confused. Are we walking in the path of our LORD or are we just lost?
Recently, we have been facing certain testing times in our walk of faith. It is not easy for us… when we sought the counsel of the LORD, we were asked to meditate on Esther. We talked a little about Esther, but we did not go deep into the Book of Esther. Yeah, I am really that foolish at times.
After much procrastination, finally we gave in today and talked about this. So, my wife suggested why we do not meditate on Esther. So, we started this morning with a small meditation on Esther and nearly 10 hours later, we were left stunned… because we have received our answers. Only if we had listened early…
Anyway, after meditating on Esther for a while, I searched internet for a small question I had about Esther and came across a sermon by the renowned preacher of preachers, and one of my favorites, Charles H. Spurgeon. If you are interested, you can find the sermon here.
This sermon was given on November 1st, 1874. In another 5 days, it would be 139 years since this sermon was given. But for us, it felt as if Spurgeon was giving this sermon to us, today, in person. Because in this sermon, he had asked the same questions that we were asking and he had answered those questions in his inimitable style. We were left speechless and as we wondered at the relevance of a sermon given 139 years earlier, we realized the truth once more:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8
|Ephesians 5:19-20“speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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