Monday, February 23, 2009

Words so desperately needed

Jerry Watson was my friend. We pursued the fun and freedoms of childhood together, and explored the world through youthful eyes as young teens. His brothers were my brothers. His family treated me as their own. In our teens his family moved away. It was a heartbreaking experience for me, because their family treated me so well. Recently I felt compelled to find my friend, and so my search on the internet began. I was finally able to trace down an address and I sent a letter hoping it would find my friend doing well. It found his wife, now a widow. I was shocked, hurt, angered, and devastated by her phone call.

At a few minutes after 10:00 a.m. on a bitterly cold morning earlier this week, my sibling Doug was unhooked from life support and pronounced dead. Last night Steven and I were at the funeral home with family, and I couldn't help but feel heartbroken for Doug's wife and children.

Today it all really hit me hard, and at no greater moment could the following devotion of Charles Spurgeon have arrived, and I pray it uplift and comfort you as it has me...

"I will never leave thee."—Hebrews 13:5.

NO promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, He has said to all. When He opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When He openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. Whether He gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; He has given it to thee as one of the covenanted seed.
There is not a high blessing too lofty for thee, nor a wide mercy too extensive for thee. Lift up now thine eyes to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west, for all this is thine. Climb to Pisgah's top, and view the utmost limit of the divine promise, for the land is all thine own. There is not a brook of living water of which thou mayst not drink. If the land floweth with milk and honey, eat the honey and drink the milk, for both are thine.
Be thou bold to believe, for He hath said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."In this promise, God gives to His people everything. "I will never leave thee." Then no attribute of God can cease to be engaged for us. Is He mighty? He will show Himself strong on the behalf of them that trust Him. Is He love? Then with lovingkindness will He have mercy upon us. Whatever attributes may compose the character of Deity, every one of them to its fullest extent shall be engaged on our side.
To put everything in one, there is nothing you can want, there is nothing you can ask for, there is nothing you can need in time or in eternity, there is nothing living, nothing dying, there is nothing in this world, nothing in the next world, there is nothing now, nothing at the resurrection-morning, nothing in heaven which is not contained in this text—"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

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