Tuesday, March 29, 2016

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.  Psalms 103:11-13

".....Though in all sincerity I do believe in Jesus, yet, alas, I can scarcely think I am one of his true disciples, called and chosen and faithful!  I fear that after all he will disown me."  Ah, beloved, that he never will.  If you really are trusting to him, and hanging upon him, or even touching the hem of his garment, he cannot and he will not leave or forsake you.  True, it would be likely enough if his ways were like our ways, for it will cause him no little care to get you safe home.  He has laid down his life for you, and he is prepared to exercise all his divine power and wisdom to bring you home to his Father's house.  If he were to desert you, there would be no eye to pity, no hand to lead you; but there is no fear of his changing the purpose of his heart.  Having loved his own he loveth them to the end.  Were the good Shepherd ever to neglect one of the flock, it would not be a lamb or a lame sheep.  Were the dear Saviour to leave any one of his disciples, it would not be one of the little ones.  I have heard say--I do not know how true it is--that when one of her family is a little weak-headed, the mother is sure to love that one best and show it the most attention.  Her tenderest thoughts will always turn toward her helpless babe, and her keenest anxieties will hover over the child who is ill.  She may forget awhile the strong and hale, but those who need her succour most are quite certain to be never out of her mind.  Be of good cheer, then.  As one whom his mother comforteth, so will the Lord comfort you.  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.  Thou mayest say, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."  Thou mayest gratefully sing, "He shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young."  In the divine economy the more care you require the more care you shall have.  Besides, you know somewhat of our blessed Redeemer's covenant engagements.  Did our Lord Jesus Christ fail to bring his weak ones home it would be much to his dishonour.  "Those that thou gavest me I have kept," he says, "and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled."  So Satan only had his own.  How the wolf would howl over one sheep branded with the Saviour's name were he to fall a prey to his teeth!  What malignant hilarity and derision there would be among the infernal spirits if the good Shepherd failed to bring home one lost sheep whom he had rescued!  The joy among the angels of God, they would say, was premature.  The Son of Man, they would say, had sought, found, but failed to save the lost.  Then the weaker the victim the keener would the satire be.  Ribald lips might shout forth the taunt, "He saved the healthy, the halt he could not save."  It would thus be more discredit to Christ to lose a weak one than a strong one, or for one lame sheep to be lost than if some of the healthier of them should perish; but there is no danger of such a calamity.  The oversight of the Shepherd secures the flock.  They are all numbered, and each one in particular is known to him.  Our Lord is a shepherd who loves his sheep so well, that were one of them taken and held between the jaws of a lion he would run to the rescue, and rend the lion as David did of old.  He would slay the lion and the bear to get his poor little one saved from the teeth of the devourer.  You shall not die, but live.  "Oh," say you, "but I can hardly think it.  How can I preserve myself?"  No, you cannot.  In your weakness lies your great strength.  Jesus Christ will be sure to cover you with his power, so than when you are utterly defenseless you shall be most efficiently defended.  "Ah," say another, "I have had a weary life of it hitherto."  Yes, but you have brighter days to come.                                                        
                                                                                                                         C. H. Spurgeon

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