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“It is I, do not be afraid!”

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

The believer is absolutely sure that an invisible hand is always on the world’s helm, and that wherever providence may drift, Jehovah steers it. That reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters, and sees Jesus treading the billows; and he hears a voice saying, “It is I, do not be afraid!”

Knowing that God is always wise, he is confident that there can be no accidents or mistakes. He knows that nothing can occur, which ought not to arise. He can say, “If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose, than have–if God so wills. The worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me–if God ordains it.

We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter of fact.

Everything has worked for good as yet. The poisonous drugs mixed in fit proportions, have worked the cure. The sharp cuts of the lance, have cleansed out the infected flesh and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results.

Believing . . . that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil–the believer is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes. He can in the spirit of true resignation pray, “Send me what you will, my God–so long as it comes from You! A bad portion never came from Your table, to any of Your redeemed children.

by Charles Spurgeon

Cautious navigators

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“She grabbed him by his garment and said, ‘Sleep with me!’
But leaving his garment in her hand, he escaped and ran from the house.” Genesis 39:12

In contending with certain sins, there remains no mode of victory, but by flight.

He who would be safe from acts of evil–must hasten away from occasions of it.

A covenant must be made with our eyes–not even to look upon the cause of temptation; for such sins only need a spark to begin with–and a blaze follows in an instant!

Who would wantonly enter the leper’s hut–and sleep amid its horrible corruption? He alone who desires to be leprous himself–would thus court contagion.

If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it.

Cautious navigators have no desire to try how near the quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rock without springing a leak; their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a safe channel.

Today I may be exposed to great peril–let me have wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it. The wings of a dove may be of more use to me–than the jaws of a lion. I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company–but I had better leave my cloak, than lose my character!

It is not needful that I should be rich–but it is imperative upon me to be pure. No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule–must turn me from the wise resolve to flee from sin.

I am to resist the devil–and he will flee from me.
But the lusts of the flesh, I must flee–or they will surely overcome me!

O God of holiness, preserve your Josephs, lest Madam Bubble bewitch them with her vile suggestions.

May the horrible trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil–never overcome us!

by Charles Spurgeon