Morning & Evening Daily Devotional Reading– October 23
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“Will you also leave me?”
Many have forsaken Christ and no longer walk with Him. What reason do you have to make a change? Has there been any reason for it in the past? Hasn’t Jesus proved Himself to be sufficient for you? He appeals to you today, “Have I been a wilderness unto you?” When your soul has simply trusted Jesus, have you ever been confounded? Have you not up until now found your Lord to be a compassionate and generous friend to you? Hasn’t simple faith in Him given you all the peace your spirit could desire? Can you so much as dream of a better friend than He has been to you? Then don’t change the “old and tried” for the “new and false.”
What would compel you to leave Christ? When we are hard pressed with this world or with the severer trials within the Church, we find it a most blessed thing to rest our head on the Savior. This is the joy we have today– that we are saved in Him; and, if this joy is satisfying, why should we think of changing? Who trades gold for dirt? Who wants to trade in the Sun for a better light? Who, then, would leave the Lord in search of a better lover? We will never find one better than Him; so let’s hold onto Him with an immortal grasp, and bind His name as a seal upon our arm.
As for the future, can you think of anything that would come along to cause you to mutiny or desert the old flag to serve under another captain? I don’t think so! If life is long, He will not change. If we’re poor, He will be our wealth. When we’re sick, who else besides Jesus would we want to care for us? When we die, isn’t it written that “neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!”
It’s no wonder that we say along with the disciples, “Lord, where else would be possibly go? [M&E]