Hope Starts Here. Sponsor a Child in Poverty
 Home > Devotionals > Morning & Evening > October 31, Evening 
 

Spurgeon Devotional

"I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought."
Hosea 13:5

Yes, Lord, thou didst indeed know me in my fallen state, and thou didst even then choose me for thyself. When I was loathsome and self-abhorred, thou didst receive me as thy child, and thou didst satisfy my craving wants. Blessed for ever be thy name for this free, rich, abounding mercy. Since then, my inward experience has often been a wilderness; but thou hast owned me still as thy beloved, and poured streams of love and grace into me to gladden me, and make me fruitful. Yea, when my outward circumstances have been at the worst, and I have wandered in a land of drought, thy sweet presence has solaced me. Men have not known me when scorn has awaited me, but thou hast known my soul in adversities, for no affliction dims the lustre of thy love. Most gracious Lord, I magnify thee for all thy faithfulness to me in trying circumstances, and I deplore that I should at any time have forgotten thee and been exalted in heart, when I have owed all to thy gentleness and love. Have mercy upon thy servant in this thing!

My soul, if Jesus thus acknowledged thee in thy low estate, be sure that thou own both himself and his cause now that thou art in thy prosperity. Be not lifted up by thy worldly successes so as to be ashamed of the truth or of the poor church with which thou hast been associated. Follow Jesus into the wilderness: bear the cross with him when the heat of persecution grows hot. He owned thee, O my soul, in thy poverty and shame-never be so treacherous as to be ashamed of him. O for more shame at the thought of being ashamed of my best Beloved! Jesus, my soul cleaveth to thee.

"I'll turn to thee in days of light,
As well as nights of care,
Thou brightest amid all that's bright!
Thou fairest of the fair!"

 

Comments on This Devotional:

Heartlight on Facebook

  Charles Spurgeon's classic devotional available on the web & via email...
 
Back Arrow Forward Arrow
ARCHIVE


 
 

Get Charles Spurgeon by EMAIL!

Enter your email address above to subscribe to the email edition of Morning & Evening. Get the day's devotions from Charles Spurgeon FREE in your email box.

Spurgeon (Morning) 
RSS FeedMorning Devo RSS Feed

Spurgeon (Evening) 
RSS FeedEvening Devo RSS Feed

All Heartlight Feeds

 

 Share with Others
Print This ArticlePrint this Article

Send it to a FriendSend it to a Friend

Subscribe via:
Subscribe via Email Subscribe via Facebook Subscribe via RSS