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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: February 6th
“Who is on the Lord’s side.”
to wit or know
Faith watches to see what God will do.
Providence is manifest here. How was the ark kept from the crocodiles? Why did the princess come to that particular spot? How came her eye to light upon that little floating coffer hidden among the bulrushes? Why should she desire to look within it? Surely the Lord’s hand was in it all.
The providence which brought the princess to the spot, brought the tears into the babe’s eyes at the very moment when they would be seen, and aid in touching the beholder’s pity.
Exodus 2:7 , Exodus 2:8
How graciously the Lord arranges for us.
Thus speaks the Lord to every godly mother. No service upon earth is so well repaid to a parent as the pious nurture of her children.
He had been so called in his youthful days, but when he could choose for himself he declined the highest rank as an Egyptian, and took his place with persecuted Israel.
His education, when sanctified by God’s Spirit, helped to prepare him for his eminent position as the leader and lawgiver of the tribes. No other prophet until our Lord came was mighty both in words and deeds.
The life of Moses divides itself into three forties forty at court, forty with Jethro, and forty in the wilderness.
The mission of the greatest and best of men is not at once perceived.
Now for the love I bear His name,
What was my gain I count my loss;
My former pride I call my shame,
And nail my glory to His cross.
Yes, and I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus’ sake:
Oh may my soul be found in Him,
And of His righteousness partake!
“I have surely seen the affliction of My people.”
Exodus 3:1-8 , Exodus 3:10-20
Though a man of deep learning he did not disdain the shepherd’s calling. There is no disgrace in work, but great shame in idleness,
This is a standing emblem of the church, and often both friend and foe, like Moses, are puzzled to understand the marvel. It is wonderful that so poor and powerless a thing as a bush should survive the fires which try it so severely.
Kike his ancestor Jacob, he felt “how dreadful is this place.” Fear rather than joy prevailed.
The more fit a man is for God’s work the lower is his esteem of himself.
What an answer to all fears is that sweet word “Certainly I will be with thee.”
By these two names the immutability and self-existence of God are set forth. Our God for ever exists and is for ever the same.
Sooner or later the Lord will bless his people and deliver them. He may for awhile leave them under severe trial, but he is mindful of his covenant and will visit them at the set time.
Love’s presence keeps the bush alive,
Grace ‘mid the flames can make us thrive;
Nor need th’ afflicted saint despair,
Though in the fire, the Lord is there.
the Fifth Week after Epiphany
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