Thursday, March 24, 2011


Clearly, earlier today I was frustrated - frustrated with myself, with life, and probably unconsciously frustrated about not getting quite enough calories in my system at that point. But it will be a source of eternal thankfulness that God is in the business of redeeming, and He continued to redeem me today. I went on from my rant-y mood and grumbly tummy to actually have a good teaching class (who knew such things could be achieved in such circumstances?!).

And then tonight as I was putting around one last time before bed, I stumbled across this beautiful description of God's faithfulness in C.H. Spurgeon's Faith's Check Book entry for today. This is the kind of confidence that I should have all the time, even when my old evil self attacks me.

Established and Kept

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Men are often as devoid of reason as of faith. There are with us still "unreasonable and wicked men." There is no use in arguing with them or trying to be at peace with them: they are false at heart and deceitful in speech. Well, what of this? Shall we worry ourselves with them? No; let us turn to the Lord, for He is faithful. No promise from His Word will ever be broken. He is neither unreasonable in His demands upon us nor unfaithful to our claims upon Him. We have a faithful God. Be this our joy.

He will stablish us so that wicked men shall not cause our downfall, and He will keep us so that none of the evils which now assail us shall really do us damage. What a blessing for us that we need not contend with men but are allowed to shelter ourselves in the Lord Jesus, who is in truest sympathy with us. There is one true heart, one faithful mind, one never changing love; there let us repose. The Lord will fulfill the purpose of His grace to us, His servants, and we need not allow a shadow of a fear to fatal upon our spirits. Not all that men or devils can do can hinder us of the divine protection and provision. This day let us pray the Lord to stablish and keep us.

Amen, Mr. Spurgeon!

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