Faith Enlightens, Enlivens and Strengthens

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” – Matthew 6:30

It is written of some of old that “They looked unto Him, and were lightened.” Faith sheds a light upon many things, and lets us see that even if Christ has a frown on His face, He has love in His heart. Faith looks right into the heart of Christ, and helps us to perceive that He cannot mean anything but mercy to a seeking soul. Faith also enlivens, and when the heart begins to faint, faith brings its smelling bottle, and revives it. David said, “I had fainted, unless I had believed.” Believing is the cure for fainting, and you must do one of two things, either believe or faint. Faith is thus a great help to one who is seeking Christ, because it both enlightens and enlivens the soul. Faith also strengthens. It makes the lame take the prey. Beloved, it is because faith thus enlightens and enlivens and strengthens, that it is the grace most useful to a soul that is seeking to lay hold upon Christ, and yet cannot get a comfortable look at His blessed face.

Moreover, faith lays hold on Christ. It is like the Greek Antisthenes, who went to a philosopher to learn; but he was a dull scholar, and the philosopher bade him go away. The next time the class met, Antisthenes returned, and the philosopher thereupon sent for a man with a club to drive the stupid scholar away; but he was overcome by his scholar; for Antisthenes said, “There is no club that was ever made that is heavy enough to drive me away from you. Here I mean to stay, and learn whatever you can teach me.” Oh, may we have a faith like that, a faith that will say to Christ, “I will not go away from Thee. I can but perish if I stay with Thee, and if I go from Thee, I must perish; therefore I will abide with Thee evermore, and learn all Thou wilt teach me”! …Cling to Christ, and say to Him with that holy boldness that is the result of faith, “I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me.” Faith, then, holds on to Christ. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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