Saturday, January 3, 2009

Spurgeon's thoughts on the new year

At the Rebelution Conference, Alex and Brett Harris encouraged us to make friends with "dead people" meaning, invest time in reading and studying people who are now dead but who were in their time, great evangelists and preachers. One of my favorite dead people is Charles Haddon Spurgeon. I inherited this love of Spurgeon from my dad...who wisely started me early...I will be forever grateful to daddy because Spurgeon is truly amazing and so very deep. Anyway, I got the above book ^ for Christmas! (you know what I spent the next several hours doing lol!) Anyway, I was reading the page for December 30th and I was truly struck by what I read (convicted too) so I figured I'd post it here(lol gotta love the King James Version!!!)

Reading for December 30 ~ (1855, Sermon #58)
Canaan on Earth
"For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year, even unto the end of the year."
Deuteronomy 11:10-12 (Suggested further reading: Psalm 139:1-12)

'We have come now, beloved, to the end of another year-to the threshold of another period of time, and have marched another year's journey through the wilderness. Come, now! In reading this verse over, can you say Amen to it? "The eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon you, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year." Some of you say, "I have had deep troubles this year." "I have lost a friend," says one. "Ah!" says another, "I have been impoverished this year." "I have been slandered", cries another. "I have been exceedingly vexed and grieved", says another. "I have been persecuted says another. Well, beloved, take the year altogether-the ups and the downs, the troubles and the joys, the hills and the valleys altogether, and what have you to say about it? You may say, "Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." Do not pick out one day in the year, and say it was a bad day, but take all the year round, let it revolve in all its grandeur. Judge between things that differ; and then what will you say? "Ah! Bless the Lord! He hath done all things well; my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!" And you know why all things have been well. It is because the eyes of the Lord have been upon you all the year.

For Meditation: Are you glad that God sees you through and through every moment of your life? This should bring terror to the unbeliever (Hebrews 4:13) but great comfort to God's people in the hour of distress (Genesis 16:13; Exodus 2:25).'

WOW!!!! I so tend to just remember the bad things or just remember the good things! Even though this sermon was preached in 1855, 154 years later, it still rings true.

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