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Morning: “He hath said.” – Hebrews 13:5
“I will never leave you nor forsake you”. I would imagine that many of us have been comforted by these words of scripture in Hebrews 13:5. What trial would we want to face without God? And what trial need we fear with God?
Let us have compassion of those that are going through trials without the knowledge of scripture, and without knowledge of the loving Lord who wants to comfort us and them with the goodness of their salvation in Christ.
This is Spurgeon’s point – to exhort us to a knowledge of scripture, that we might be able to bring comfort and encouragement to those in need.
And remember Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:6
The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.
Or, as Paul exhorts in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
If we are to comfort others in God’s word, we must as well dig deep at the fount of living water.
Evening: “Understandest thou what thou readest?” – Acts 8:30
Spurgeon continues along the lines of the morning devotion, exhorting that the understanding of God’s word is opened by prayer – supplication to our teacher, the Holy Spirit, to bring comfort and understanding of His word.
But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
I’m reminded of Lilias Trotter’s pamphlet, entitled Vibrations, written in the early 1900s in Algiers, where Ms Trotter had been serving as a missionary since 1888.
A bang and a crash, and a cloud of dust that when it cleared showed a picture of ruin. One of the pillars that support the gallery of our old Arab house had fallen down into the court and lay shattered on the pavement, carrying with it a block of masonry and a shower of bricks and blue and white tiles from the arch above it.
Down below, alongside of us, a native baker had installed himself six or seven years ago. This means that for hours every night two men had swung on the huge see-saw which in some mysterious way kneads their bread, and every blow backwards and forwards had vibrated through our house, and now at last the result was seen in the shattering of masonry that had looked as if it would last as long as the world.
But God had meanwhile given an object lesson concerning a truth which had glimmered out before in thinking of the strange power of vibrations–once more “the invisible things being understood by the things that are made.”
For there is a vibrating power going on down in the darkness and dust of this world that can make itself visible in starting results in the upper air and sunlight of the invisible world, “mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” Each prayer-beat down here vibrates up to the very throne of God, and does its work through that throne on the principalities and powers around us, just as each one of the repeated throbs from below told on the structure of our house, though it was only the last one that produced the visible effect. We can never tell which prayer will liberate the answer, but we can tell that each one will do its work: we know that “if we ask anything according to His will He heareth us, and if we know that He hear us we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”
Let us pray to the loving Lord, that He would use the ‘vibrations’ from our prayers to break down any walls keeping us from understanding His goodness, love, and calling on our lives.