Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“[God will shake heaven and earth] so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
This life is filled with many things that can be shaken. And it is unbecoming for a Christian to put much stock in them. Nothing is stable beneath these rolling skies; change is written upon all things. And yet, we do have certain “things that cannot be shaken,” and I invite you this evening to think of them. What if the things that can be shaken are taken away from you? Won’t you find your real comfort in the things that will remain?
Whatever your losses have been in life, or may yet be, your salvation will remain. You are standing now at the foot of his cross, trusting alone in the merit of Jesus’ precious blood, and no rise or fall of the markets can interfere with your salvation in him; no breaking of banks, no financial failures, no bankruptcies can touch that.
Right now you are a child of God! God is your Father. No change of circumstances can ever rob you of that. Even if you experience losses that bring you to poverty, you can say, “He is my Father still. In my Father’s house are many mansions; therefore, I will not be troubled.”
You also have the permanent blessing of the love of Jesus Christ. He who is God and Man loves you with all the strength of his affectionate nature—and nothing can affect that. The fig tree may not blossom, and the flocks may cease from the field. But that doesn’t matter to the one who can sing, “My Beloved is mine, and I am his.”
Our best possessions and richest heritage cannot be lost. Whatever troubles come, let us show that we are not cast down by what may happen in this poor fleeting state of time. Our country is Immanuel’s land. Our hope is above the sky and, therefore, as calm as the summer’s ocean. We will see the wrecking of everything earthborn and yet rejoice in the God of our salvation. [M&E]