Excerpt from: Salvation Is of the Lord, Sermon No. 131, Delivered at The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens, May 10, 1857.
We must have fresh Grace— “For day by day the manna fell, Oh to learn that lesson well.” So look day by day for fresh Grace! Frequently, too, the Christian wants to have Grace enough for a month vouchsafed to him in one moment. “Oh,” he says, “what a host of troubles I have coming—how shall I meet them all? Oh, that I had enough Grace to bear me through them all!” My dear Friends, you will have Grace enough for your troubles, as they come, one by one! “As your days, so shall your strength be.” But your strength shall never be as your months, or as your weeks.
You shall have your strength as you have your bread. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Give us this day our daily Grace. But why is it you will get to troubling yourself about the things of tomorrow? The common people say, “Cross a bridge when you come to it.” That is good advice! Do the same. When a trouble comes, attack it and down with it and master it! But do not begin, now, to forestall your woes. “Ah, but I have so many” says one. Therefore I say do not look further before you than your needs. “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Do as the brave Grecian did, who, when he defended his country from Persia, did not go into the plains to fight, but stood in the narrow pass of Thermopylae. There, when the myriads came to him, they had to come one by one and he felled them to the earth. Had he ventured into the plain, he would have soon been devoured and his handful would have been melted like a drop of dew in the sea. Stand in the narrow pass of today and fight your troubles, one by one. Do not rush into the plains of tomorrow, for there you will be routed and killed. As the evil is sufficient so will the Grace be!
Salvation is of the Lord.