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“Joint heirs with Christ.” — Romans 8:17
What an incredible reminder of what exactly it means to be, “Joint heirs with Christ.” For us, this should not be so much the thought of being lavished with the extravagance noted by Spurgeon in this morning’s devotion, but the thought of being in the presence of the almighty God as the pain and suffering of this world is no more.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Rev 21: 4
It is apparent that we will be so much more than just passive tenants just occupying the Kingdom of Heaven.
“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.” John 17: 22 “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.” John 15: 1
Spurgeon is reminding us that our hope can’t be dependent on the possessions or experiences of this world. If we are seeking joy apart from the promises of what lies ahead then our joy will be shallow and short lived. “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.” John 15: 11.
These things are revealed to us in order that we may ponder them and thus have the joy that only our Savior can provide.
“He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom.” — Isaiah 40:11
The theme of the morning devotion continues in the evening devotion that we find both comforting and humbling at the same time. Comforting because Spurgeon reminds us that we are truly in the hands of God. Humbling because he reminds us of our weakness outside of Christ.
“Why doth He carry the lambs in His bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts His heart.”
The “Footsteps” poem, while commonly quoted by Christians in times of trial, maybe a bit misleading in that I don’t read in scripture where God ever sets us down.
Spurgeon wants us to understand depth of our position in Christ when he reminds us, “Here is perfect safety: in His bosom who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort”.
There may be times where we feel God’s presence more than others; let us dwell on, then take rest in the fact that we are always in the arms of Jesus.