A Good Word from Charles Spurgeon on the New Year

If you read this blog often, you know I love the writings of Charles Spurgeon. Looking back on 2020 and looking forward to 2021, I find Spurgeon’s words here both challenging and comforting. Note particularly the words I’ve placed in bold print, and then let’s trust the Lord together for this new year–no matter what difficult circumstances the year may bring!

“The New Year is upon us, and we would fain look into it if we could; but even the short length of 1884 is further than our eyes can carry us. What then? Would we lift the veil? No, it is woven in mercy, and placed before us in love. . . . 

If this New Year shall be full of unbelief, it will be sure to be dark and dreary. If it be baptized into faith, it will be saturated with benediction. If we will believe our God as he deserves to be believed, our way will run along the still waters, and our rest will be in green pastures. Trusting in the Lord, we shall be prepared for trials, and shall even welcome them as black ships laden with bright treasures. Relying upon the faithful promise, we shall be on the watch for the expected blessing, and walk the sea-beach of confidence, casting wistful glances over the waters of time for the swift ships which bring the favours of the Eternal. Calm dependence upon our God will make us strong for labour, and willing for waiting, submissive to suffering, and superior to circumstances..[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1884). The Sword and Trowel: 1884 (pp. 240–241). London: Passmore & Alabaster.

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