Tag: Correction

Heed the rod

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Heed the rod, and the One who appointed it!” Micah 6:9

God’s most useful instrument is His rod of correction!

If we had no idols in children, friends, wealth or ourselves–we would not need half the trials we have! Foolish idols, make rods for foolish backs!

I bear a willing witness that I owe more to God’s fire, and hammer, and file than to anything else. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything profitable, except through God’s rod.

There are blessed and favored exceptions, but most of us need the rod, for we do not seem to learn obedience except through the chastening of the Lord!

Whatever God keeps away from His servants–He never keeps away the chastening rod from them! He had one Son without sin–but He never had one son without chastisement.

God’s rod flogs His child not from Him, but to Him!

Christian, God’s love to you is always the same. He cannot love you more, and He will not love you less! Never, when afflictions multiply, when terrors frighten, or when distresses abound–does God’s love to you falter or flag. Let the rod fall ever so heavily upon you–the hand that moves, like the heart that prompts the stroke, is full of love! Whether He brings you down into the depths of misery, or lifts you up into the seventh Heaven of delight–His faithful love towards you never varies or fluctuates!

by Charles Spurgeon

All His corrections are sent in love!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Morning and Evening”

“And all the children of Israel murmured.” Numbers 14:2

There are murmurers among Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when God’s rod falls, cry out against the afflictive dispensation. They ask, “Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?”

A word with you, O murmurer! Why should you murmur against the dispensations of your heavenly Father? Can He treat you worse than you deserve? Consider what a rebel you were once–but He has pardoned you! Surely, if He in His wisdom sees fit now to chasten you–you should not complain. After all–are you smitten as badly as your sins deserve? Consider the corruption which is in your heart–and then you will not wonder that there needs be so much of the rod to fetch it out? Weigh yourself, and discern how much dross is mingled with your gold–and do you think the fire too hot to purge away so much dross as you have? Does not that proud rebellious spirit of yours, prove that your heart is not thoroughly sanctified? Are not those murmuring words, contrary to the holy submissive nature of God’s children? Is not the correction needed?

But if you will murmur against the chastening, take heed–for it will go hard with murmurers. God always chastises His children twice–if they do not bear the first stroke patiently. But know one thing, “He does not afflict willingly–nor grieve the children of men.” All His corrections are sent in love–to purify you and to draw you nearer to Himself. Surely it must help you to bear the chastening with resignation, if you are able to recognize your Father’s hand. For “whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons.”

by Charles Spurgeon