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Morning and Evening: 01/13



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Morning: “Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.” – 1 Kings 22:48

Here Spurgeon meditates on God’s love for Jehoshaphat. He was in error, with his relationship with the unbelieving and sinful family of Ahaziah (see 2 Chron 20:37) and so consequently God would not prosper him. In the very next verse 1 Kings 22:49, we see the fruit of repentance in Jehoshaphat – he resisted further alliance with Ahaziah’s family.

The Father’s love – an endless outpouring. How good God is to stop us in our tracks!

My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor detest His correction;

For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Pro 3:11-12

Spurgeon further cautions about being unequally yoked with unbelievers.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 2 Cor 6:14

As important as it is for us to prevent ill-considered alliances in the world in our day-to-day lives, how much more important, with business partnerships, and how critically important it is when considering dating and marriage. There is no ‘repenting in the next verse’, like Jehoshaphat, when we become unequally yoked in marriage.

Evening: “The iron did swim.” – 2 Kings 6:6

How sweet is Spurgeon’s exhortation here!

Beloved reader, what is thy desperate case? What heavy matter hast thou in hand this evening? Bring it hither. The God of the prophets lives, and lives to help His saints. He will not suffer thee to lack any good thing. Believe thou in the Lord of hosts! Approach Him pleading the name of Jesus, and the iron shall swim; thou too shalt see the finger of God working marvels for His people. According to thy faith be it unto thee, and yet again the iron shall swim.

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