Tag: Eyes

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

You Have Known Me

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

The Lord asks us, “Do you truly believe I see exactly what you are enduring right now?”

Perhaps as you read this message, you are going through something that calls for him to act on your behalf. The very nature of your problem demands an answer.
Do you believe God gladly monitors your every move, the way a father does with his infant child? Do you believe he is at work as your loving, caring Father — bottling every tear, hearing every sigh, hovering over you?

That is exactly the way the Bible describes him. “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. . . . The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:15, 17).

“As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:13).

The Hebrew word for pity here means “to cuddle, love, be compassionate.” Scripture is saying God cuddles in his arms those who fear (believe) him. And he tells you, “I know all your thoughts, all your concerns. I know every battle you must face. And I care about it all.”

David wrote a famous passage about this very subject: “O Lord, You have . . . known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off; You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether” (Psalm 139:1-4).

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand” (139:17–18).

David is saying, “God knows all about me. He sees my every move, even my thoughts. Everywhere I turn, there he is.”

by David Wilkerson