Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Big Word "IF"

Today I am reading from C. Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotionals. Hope you enjoy this wisdom as much as I did. -Jim

If it is that you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2:3

“If” — then, this is not a matter to be taken for granted concerning everyone of the human race. “If” — then there is a possibility and a probability that some may not have tasted that the Lord is gracious. “If” — then this is not a general but a special mercy; and it is needful to enquire whether we know the grace of God by inward experience. There is no spiritual favour which may not be a matter for heart searching.

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But while this should be a matter of earnest and prayerful enquiry, no one ought to be content while there is any such thing as an “if” about his having tasted that the Lord is gracious. A jealous and holy distrust of self may give rise to the question even in the believer’s heart, but the continuance of such a doubt would be an evil indeed. We must not rest without a desperate struggle to clasp the Saviour in the arms of faith, and say, “I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have committed to him.” Do not rest, oh believer, until you have a full assurance of your interest in Jesus. Let nothing satisfy you until, by the infallible witness of the Holy Spirit bearing witness with your spirit, you are certified that you are a child of God. Oh, do not trifle here; let no “perhaps” and “peradventure” and “if” and “maybe” satisfy your soul. Build on eternal verities, and truly build upon them. Get the sure mercies of David, and surely get them. Let your anchor be cast into what is within the veil, and see to it that your soul is linked to the anchor by a cable that will not break. Advance beyond these dreary “ifs”; do not remain any more in the wilderness of doubts and fears; cross the Jordan of distrust, and enter the Canaan of peace, where the Canaanite still lingers, but where the land does not cease to flow with milk and honey.

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