Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Winter

I read this little bit from today's "Morning and Evening" and wanted to share it with you. I thought it was good, as all of Charles Spurgeon's writings are! :-)

Morning and Evening, December 1

“Thou hast made summer and winter.” (Psalm 74:17)

My soul begin this wintry month with thy God. The cold snows and the piercing winds all remind thee that he keeps his covenant with day and night, and tend to assure thee that he will also keep that glorious covenant which he has made with thee in the person of Christ Jesus. He who is true to his Word in the revolutions of the seasons of this poor sin-polluted world, will not prove unfaithful in his dealings with his own well-beloved Son.

Winter in the soul is by no means a comfortable season, and if it be upon thee just now it will be very painful to thee: but there is this comfort, namely, that the Lord makes it. He sends the sharp blasts of adversity to nip the buds of expectation: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes over the once verdant meadows of our joy: he casteth forth his ice like morsels freezing the streams of our delight. He does it all, he is the great Winter King, and rules in the realms of frost, and therefore thou canst not murmur. Losses, crosses, heaviness, sickness, poverty, and a thousand other ills, are of the Lord’s sending, and come to us with wise design. Frosts kill noxious insects, and put a bound to raging diseases; they break up the clods, and sweeten the soul. O that such good results would always follow our winters of affliction!

How we prize the fire just now! how pleasant is its cheerful glow! Let us in the same manner prize our Lord, who is the constant source of warmth and comfort in every time of trouble. Let us draw nigh to him, and in him find joy and peace in believing. Let us wrap ourselves in the warm garments of his promises, and go forth to labours which befit the season, for it were ill to be as the sluggard who will not plough by reason of the cold; for he shall beg in summer and have nothing.

~Charles Spurgeon

5 comments:

SinginginHisName said...

I love that Melanie! So is this from a book or a sermon spurgeon wrote? its great.

Melanie said...

Rebecca,
It is from a book called "Morning and Evening"; there are devotional thoughts by Spurgeon for both morning and evening, as the title implies. This was yesterday's morning entry. :-)

Rosebud said...

Good!

SinginginHisName said...

Thanks Melanie! I will have to look that up and buy it! Sounds wonderful! By the way I am sorry I have not gotten back to your email, this week has been crazy and a lot regarding church has been happening that I have to write to you about. I just need to get my thoughts togeather.

again thanks for sharing your story! Its very encouraging!

Melanie said...

Rebecca,
That's okay that you haven't gotten back to my email yet... I understand having to collect one's thoughts and find the right time to get them all written out. ;-) (That is why it took me a while to write *my* email. ;-) )
Praying for you,
Melanie :-)