Superior Wisdom

Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You from those who rise up against them. -Psalm 17:7

The great point at which the ungodly mostly aim their scoffs is the actual faith of the believer. He has made God to be his refuge. And what do they say? Why, “It’s all canting talk.” I do not particularly know what that means, but if ever Christian men are accused of being cants, they can make the retort by saying that the canting is quite as much on one side as the other, for of all cants the cant against cant is the worst cant that ever was canted. But surely if a man shall speak the truth in other things- and you know he does- it is not fair to say he does not speak the truth when he says he puts his trust in God. The man is not insincere.

“Oh!” but they will say, “it is ridiculous-a man trusting in God.” Yes, but you do not think it ridiculous to trust in yourselves. Many of you don’t think it ridiculous to trust in some public man. Half of the world is trusting in its riches, and is there anything ridiculous in leaning upon that arm that bears the earth’s huge pillars up? If so, ridicule on. To trust weakness seems to you to be sense. I say to trust Omnipotence is infinitely superior wisdom, and we will continue to trust in God, for to us it seems to be no absurdity.  ~ C.H. Spurgeon


Sneers and Laughter Shall Not Much Affect Us

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. -Psalm 14:4

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. -Psalm 46:1

There are some of us who are as sure that God hears our prayers as we are sure that twice two make four. It is to us not a conjecture, no, nor even a belief, but a matter of fact. We are habitually in the custom of going to God and asking for what we want, and receiving it at His hands; and it is no use anybody telling us that prayer is useless. We find it constantly useful. It is of no avail for people to say these are happy coincidences. They are very strange coincidences when they occur again and again, and again, and God continually hears our prayers. The witness that the Christian has to the truth of his religion does not lie in the books of the learned. He is thankful for them, but his chief witness lies here-in his own heart, in his own inward experience. Now we always say that you must speak as you find. The Christian has found God faithful to him, has found His support in the time of trial, has found Him to answer his prayers in the hour of distress; and this is the counsel that he has taken for himself, and he, therefore, for these reasons relies upon God. Well, sneer as some may, I think we will do with our trust in God, my brethren, as the natives of a certain American State are said to have done when they, instead of making a law-book, agreed that the State should be governed by the laws of God, until they had time to make better-we will continue to put our trust in God until somebody shall show us something better; we will still pray, and get answered; we will still bear our troubles before God, and get rid of them; we will still rely upon Christ and find comfort until somebody shall bring us something better, and it won’t be just yet; and, until then, sneers and laughter shall not much affect us. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Who Truly Are the “Poor Creatures?”

For our God is a consuming fire. -Hebrews 12:29

(The ungodly) will say, “Ah! but (the godly) are poor in spirit; they have not good ideas of themselves. Hear them-they are always confessing sinfulness and weakness, and they appear to go through the world without self-reliance, relying upon some unseen power, and always distrusting themselves, and they do not seem to have the pluck that the ungodly have. Why, we who know not God can drink, and they will stop where we can go. And we can let out an oath, but they are afraid. And there is many a song that we can sing that these fastidious folks would not dare to hear, and there is many an amusement which we can enjoy which they, poor creatures, are obliged to deny themselves.” …I do not know that you could do better than pity them. It would be a pity to be angry with them for not enjoying what you enjoy. Don’t, therefore, sneer. But, after all, sir, you know very well that there is more manliness in refusing to sin than there is in sinning; that there is more pluck in saying, “No, I cannot,” than there is in being led by the devil, first into one sin, and then into another… I dare not do that which would dishonour God. I am thankful to be such a coward that I dare not venture it. But you shall not say that we are cowardly…It is not true that we are poor in spirit in the sense that is often attached to us. We have as much of courage of the right kind as the ungodly have. But, sir, we can afford to bear your jest. We are afraid to be damned; we are afraid to take a leap into the dark future, with wrath upon our heads; we do tremble before the living God, though we will tremble nowhere else. We count it no dim honour to fear Him who is a consuming fire. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

The Poor in Pocket Mocked

For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. -Psalm 9:18

It is very common for ungodly men to pour contempt upon God’s people. It so happens that many of God’s people are poor in pocket, and how often do hear the observation, “Oh! these Methodists, these Presbyterians, these Baptists, they are a set of poor people, mechanics, and servant-girls and so on,” and how often is that uttered with a sneer upon the lips! Well now, that is a fine thing to make fun of, isn’t it, for, after all, what is there to be ashamed of in honest poverty? I will stand here and say that if I could stand to-morrow morning in Cheapside, and pick out a dozen poor men, and then if I were to pick out a dozen middle-class men, and then if I were to pick out a dozen rich men, I believe, as to character, they would be very much of a likeness. You shall go, if you will, and pick out at random twelve good princes, and see if you could do it; but I will pick you out twelve working men that shall be honest, and upright, and chaste-which great men are not always. The poor are no worse than the rich, and have no more right to be despised. And if it were true that all who fear God were poor, it might, perhaps, be rather to their credit than to their dishonour, for, at any rate, nobody would be able to say that their pockets were lined with the result of fraud. If they were poor, they would, at any rate, be free from many of the accusations that might be brought against rich men. I care no more for one class than another, especially when I preach the gospel-you are all alike to me, one as the other-but this I will say, that of all jests and all sneers that is one of the most ridiculous and mean against godly people, is because they are poor. ~ C.H.Spurgeon

The Godly Are Mocked by Fools

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the LORD? There they are in great fear, for God is with the generation of the righteous. You shame the counsel of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge. -Psalm 14:4-6

God’s Word divides the whole human race into two portions. There is the seed of the serpent, and the seed of the woman-the children of God, and the children of the devil-those who are by nature still what they always were, and those who have been begotten again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. There are many distinctions among men, but they are not much more than surface-deep. This one distinction, however, goes right through, and it is very deep. I may say that between the two classes, the saved and the unsaved, there is a great gulf fixed. There is as wide a difference between the righteous and the wicked as there is between the living and the dead…Now from the very first, between the two seeds there has always been an enmity-an enmity which has never been mitigated, and never will. It displays itself in various ways, but it is always there…The fool hath made a mock of the righteous man, and this has been the subject of his mockery, that the godly man has been fool enough as he calls him, to put his trust in God, and to make this the main point and purpose of his life. There may be some here who have done this; all of us do it to some extent until we are new-born. We ridicule, if not with the tongue, yet in our heart, those who have made God their refuge, for when we begin to value the people of God, it is a sign of some degree of grace in us: “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren”; but until we come into that state of grace there is a hatred or contempt, more or less developed, against those who are resting in the living God. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Trusting Jesus, You are Saved

Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. – John 5:24

Oh, thank God, poor sinner, that you do hear it rung in your ears-Come as you are! Come as you are! You hear the gospel sung to you:-

“Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Just as I aim- Thy love I own,
Has broken every barrier down:
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!”

We hold up to you no ceremonies, no feelings, no works, no orthodoxies; we only hold up Christ, Christ crucified, a substitute for sinners, a substitute for you if you trust Him; and we tell you again and again, till we half fear of tiring you, that, trusting Jesus, you are saved…Jesus came all the way from heaven to earth to save us- “Who though He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that we, through His poverty might be made rich.” How shall we be grateful enough for this unspeakable gift?

O, for this love let rocks and hills
Their lasting silence break,
And all harmonious human tongues
The Savior’s praises speak.”

“A wounded, weak, and helpless worm,
On Christ’s kind arms I fall;
Be Thou my strength and confidence,
My Jesus and my all.”

~C.H. Spurgeon