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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: December 14th
“Run with patience.”
After that wonderful list of the heroes of faith of whom we read on a former occasion in Hebrews 11, Paul goes on to say:
The eyes of onlookers stimulate the runners in a race, therefore since all heaven looks on, let us not flag till the goal is reached.
Let the grandest of all examples nerve us. Think how Jesus ran the race!
Our trials are little compared with those of the martyrs of the olden times. Courage, brethren, these are small matters to faint about! Moreover, our chastenings are love tokens from God, let us not be alarmed at them.
Yet no one should pray for troubles, or be anxious because he is without them: they will come fast enough and thickly enough ere long, and when they do, a blessing will be in them.
While we are smarting, we cannot expect to feel the good result, but afterwards it will be seen. Let us wait and pray.
Give help in money, in comfort, and in instruction, as men require it.
Hebrews 13:20 , Hebrews 13:21
A rich benediction, fitly closing an epistle, in which the prominent theme is the perseverance of the saints. Lord, fulfil this blessing in us.
When my comforts fade and languish,
When bereaved of what was dear,
When the body faint’s with anguish,
And my bright hopes disappear:
Can my spirit soothe and cheer.
When in heaven I bow before him,
Trace his love’s continued stream,
And in perfect songs adore him,
Where his unveiled glories beam;
Shall be my eternal theme.
“The trying of your faith worketh patience.”
The General Epistle of James
This was probably written by that apostle who has been surnamed The Just, who presided over the council at Jerusalem. His epistle is practical rather than doctrinal. Alford remarks, ”The brother of him who opened his teaching with the Sermon on the Mount, seems to have deeply imbibed the words and maxims of it, as the law of Christian morals.”
temptations or trials
And patience will be a crown of honour to you; therefore, viewing trial as an opportunity for proving your graces, you may rejoice in it.
All our good is from God, but all our evil is from ourselves and Satan; let us always impute things to their true causes.
These are the best externals of worship the rubrics of the only divine ritual. The more of daily prayers at sick beds, and offertories received by orphans, the better. Can we not, as a family, remember the orphans to-day and help to support them?
Jesus, poorest of the poor!
Man of sorrows! Child of grief!
Happy they whose bounteous store
Ministers to thy relief.
Happy they who wash thy feet,
Visit thee in thy distress!
Honour great, and labour sweet,
For thy sake the saints to bless.
the First Week of Advent
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