Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturdays With Spurgeon

Hope this is sweet to your soul, it was to mine.

Expect Trials To Multiply. Genesis 22:1
God does not put heavy burdens on weak shoulders. God educates and tests our faith by trials that increase in proportion to our faith. God expects us to do adult work and endure adult afflictions only after we have reached a mature status in Christ Jesus. Therefore, beloved, expect your trials to multiply as you proceed toward heaven.
    Do not think that as you grow in grace that your path will become smoother and sky calmer and clearer. Quite the contrary. As God gives you greater skill as a soldier of the cross, He will send you on more difficult missions. As He more fully equips your ship to sail in storms, He will send you on longer voyages to more boisterous seas, so that you may honor him and increase in holy confidence.
    You would think that in Abraham's old age-after he had come to the land of Beulah, after the birth of Isaac, and especially after the expulsion of Ishmael-he would have had time to rest. But "it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham" (Genesis 22:1). Let Abraham's story warn us to never rest from trials this side of the grave.
    The trumpet still plays the notes of war. You cannot sit down and put the victory wreath on your head. You do not have a crown. You still must wear the helmet and carry the sword. You must watch, pray, and fight. Expect your last battle to be the most difficult, for the enemy's fiercest charge is reserved for the last day.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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