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“My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.”—Psalm 22:14
Spurgeon begins his devotion in Proverbs 18:14 where Solomon writes, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity,” however, the verse concludes with a painful reminder, “but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
Spurgeon is making the point that a wounded spirit in a man is amongst the worst of conditions with which one can be afflicted and he refers to it as a deep depression.Only those who have experienced this place can understand the depth of pain that can be attained when the human Spirit is broken. It is a place that leaves us helpless and with no alternative but to look to Jesus for relief from the agony; this is where the healing process begins.
Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you.—1 Peter 5:7
This is our reminder of what our first order of business should be when we find ourselves in the depths of despair.
How appropriate this topic is as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, who only hours before His death, experienced both physical and emotional pain the likes of which we could not begin to fathom. Jesus understands what it is to suffer as a mortal human being.When one finds themselves in a place that seems to be beyond their ability to cope with “casting your cares upon Him” is an absolute that may make the difference between life and death.Unlike the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane who abandoned Jesus in His time of agony, Jesus will remain faithful to His promises.
In Hebrews 13:5-6 Jesus said,
I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
As we celebrate the Risen Christ this morning let us not forget that Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor and our Great Physician. He has experienced hellish malice and mental suffering beyond any preacher’s ability to set forth to you1 and He understands and can heal our pain.
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.—Phillippians 4:6-7
Don’t try through your own strength to heal your wounded spirit, look to Jesus.
“The king’s garden.”—Nehemiah 3:15
What an interesting perspective Spurgeon gives relating the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Garden of Eden Satan begins his assault on mankind that is still underway today. Satan told Adam the lie that he too can be like God. Adam believed this lie and as a result, mankind fell and as Spurgeon notes, “dragons and demons have dwelled on this earth ever since.”
In the Garden of Gethsemane, much to Satan’s chagrin, God undid the mischief of Satan. We need only look to the cross and understand that it is the blood, which Spurgeon so eloquently states, “watered the garden” that allows us to live a life based on truth.
1 Peter 5:8 reminds us that Satan is a roaring lion, seeking whom he can destroy. He accomplishes much of this destruction through the lies that he tells. He hunts God’s people, trying to pick off the weak, the ailing, and those who have grown weary and dropped back.
For those of us who look to the cross, we have God’s Word as a gauge to measure truth and lies. We have the Holy Spirit which exhorts us and disciplines us when we choose to believe Satan’s lie. Spurgeon goes so far as to liken the church to the “King’s Garden;” a place where rich greens and life-giving protein keep us healthy and alert and make us strong to stand against the lies and attacks of Satan. It is at church that we grow in God’s Word and get the all important fellowship and support that strengthens us and keeps us accountable.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.—Hebrews 10:25
Praise Him for what He did for us in the Garden of Gethsemane that ultimately led to Him suffering, dying and being buried, all in our stead. And on the third day, He rose again thereby completing His promise of salvation, in spite of Satan’s accomplishment in the Garden of Eden.
1. Rev. C. H. Surgeon, February 8th, 1863, “Gethsemane”