Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“The rock-badgers are weak creatures, but they make their houses in the rocks.”
Conscious of their own natural defenselessness, rock-badgers (which are sometimes called coneys or Rock Rabbits) resort to burrows in the rocks and are secure from their enemies.
Dear friend, we should take a lesson from these feeble creatures. We are as weak and as exposed to danger as the timid rock-badger; therefore, we would be wise to seek a shelter. My best security is within the protection of an immutable Jehovah where his unalterable promises stand like giant walls of rock. It is there that I can always hide in the fortifications of his glorious attributes— all of which are guarantees of safety for those who put their trust in him.
My God’s Name be blessed, for I have done this and have found myself like David in the Cave of Adullam, safe from the cruelty of my enemy. I no longer need to learn the blessedness of the man who puts his trust in the Lord, for long ago, when Satan and my sins pursued me, I fled to the cleft of the rock— Christ Jesus —and in his embrace found a delightful resting-place. Today, may I run again to him.
No monarch in his impregnable fortress is more secure than the rock-badger in his rocky burrow. The master of ten thousand chariots is no better protected than the little dweller in the mountain’s cleft. In Jesus, the weak are strong, and the defenseless are safe. They could not be stronger if they were giants or safer if they were in heaven. Faith gives to men on earth the protection of the God of heaven. It’s all they need and more than they could wish for.
The rock-badgers aren’t able to build a castle, but they can avail themselves of what is already there. I cannot make myself a refuge, but Jesus has provided it, his Father has given it, his Spirit has revealed it, and again tonight I will enter it and be safe from every danger. [M&E]