Saturday with Spurgeon

Speak What He Teaches

“Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say” Exodus 4:12

Many a true servant of the Lord is slow of speech, and when called upon to plead for his Lord, he is in great confusion lest he should spoil a good cause by his bad advocacy. In such a case it is well to remember that the Lord made the tongue which is so slow, and we must take care that we do not blame our Maker. It may be that a slow tongue is not so great an evil as a fast one, and fewness of words may be more of a blessing than floods of verbiage. It is also quite certain that real saving power does not lie in human rhetoric, with its tropes, and pretty phrases, and grand displays. Lack of fluency is not so great a lack as it looks.

If God be with our mouth, and with our mind, we shall have something better than the sounding brass of eloquence, or the tinkling cymbal of persuasion. God’s teaching is wisdom; His presence is power. Pharaoh had more reason to be afraid of stammering Moses than of the most fluent talker in Egypt; for what he said had power in it; he spoke plagues and deaths. If the Lord be with us in our natural weakness we shall be girt with supernatural power. Therefore, let us speak for Jesus boldly, as we ought to speak.


The Stewardship of Opportunity

1 Corinthians 16:7, “For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.”

Personal plans get altered, many times for reasons beyond your control. (Even the apostle Paul had to adjust his schedule. c.f. 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20) When plans go haywire does it mean you are out of God’s will? Not necessarily. In the matter of seeking God’s will two extremes must be avoided. One is to be so frightened at making a mistake that no decision is made at all. The ditch on the other side of the road is to make impulsive decisions, rushing ahead of the Lord. The stewardship of opportunity is important. Don’t complain about or fear the obstacles. Instead, take advantage of the opportunities, and trust God with the results.


Faith Is Not Blind

Psalm 56:11, “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”


Sir Francis Bacon wrote, “There is a limit to pain, but no limit to fear.” Fear is impatient and does not trust. Fear demands relief now and it wants to be in charge. Scripture assumes that we will be afraid. Therefore, the command God most often repeats is “fear not.” To obey that command one must replace the fear of man with faith in God. Faith is about knowing the Lord Jesus in an intimate, personal way and trusting Him because He is trustworthy. Faith isn’t blind. God has proven, and will continue to prove that you can trust Him. Fear not. Have faith.


Brace Yourself!

1 Peter 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”

This verse issues a command to hope fully in God’s grace. The command is augmented by two stir sticks of hope. The first is to “gird up the loins of your mind.” That is a metaphor which sounds odd now, but would not have been in Peter’s day. In that culture, before quick, decisive movements could be made, one must gather up and secure long, flowing garments to reduce the risk of tripping and falling. The second stir stick of hope is mental and spiritual sobriety. Do not allow stuff into your mind (and heart) that will numb you to the value of God’s grace. Brace yourself in the truth of scripture. Guard your hope by the grace of God


At the Tipping Point

Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

One critical decision often determines whether a company thrives or flounders. That was Malcolm Gladwell’s observation in The Tipping Point. That book was not targeted to believers, but the principle applies to them. Are you at a tipping point? Faced with a difficult decision or a serious situation? There is only way to thrive rather than flounder. Trust God. This means obey His Word. That requires sacrificing your agenda for His greater purposes. This will always work out for your good and His glory. Surrendering to God is resisting the devil. That is the tipping point to victory, both now and for eternity.


Trust in That

Matthew 27:43, “He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.”

Here are true words ignorantly and cruelly spoken. Jesus did trust God the Father, and He was beloved of the Father. Jesus claimed to be, and indeed is, God the Son. These scorners unwittingly fulfilled Psalm 22:8, and their behavior reinforces the hard truth that, on this side of glory, following God’s will does not always lead to ease and comfort. But we do not exist just for this world. God the Father has, does, and will deliver those who trust Him. Three days after He was mocked on the cross and buried in a borrowed tomb, Jesus was raised from the dead! Follow in His steps and be likewise victorious. Just remember that victory does not mean ease and comfort right now. Not all of the time. But deliverance is coming. It will be eternal. Trust in that.


Thus Says YHWH…

Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”

The background of this verse is Judah’s seeking the help of Egypt against Babylon. Judah’s leaders trusted their political allies and military strength instead of trusting in the power of God. To emphasize the difference, a barren bush in the desert is contrasted with a fruitful tree by the water (see v. 6; c.f. Psalm 1:3-4). Unbelief turns life into a dry wasteland. Trusting God regardless of the situation or the circumstances is what makes life a fruitful orchard. Fear of man and lack of trust in God always leads to ruin. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and faith is the victory that overcomes the world.



Isaiah 26:4, “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”
Three times in a verse of fifteen words God uses His personal, self-revealing name YHWH. Jehovah is the God who frequently reveals Himself to us through difficult circumstances. Often God will allow us to hit rock bottom in order for us to better understand and experience His ‘everlasting strength,’ which in Hebrew is literally ‘Rock of Ages.’ Jesus Christ is that Rock in a world of sinking sand. Don’t allow the tyranny of today’s tasks to turn you away from trusting in the personal, unchanging, self-existent, self-sufficient Rock of Ages. Perfect peace is there for those who trust Him, regardless of the outlook, and all the way to the end. Since His strength is everlasting, our trust should be, too.



Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

If you feel, or have you ever felt, that the song, “I can’t get no satisfaction”  is your personal anthem, then read today’s verse and drink deeply from this well of promise. God will deliver, protect and satisfy every soul that trusts Him! When a person puts their faith and trust in the Lord to save them, that person becomes a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) in Christ Jesus. This means, “the creation of new desires, not just new duties; new delights, not just new deeds; new treasures, not just new tasks” (John Piper). When you find that you’re not satisfied, check to be sure that you are actually trusting Jesus. Trust Jesus in every situation, and you will always be satisfied.


Never Be Ashamed

Psalm 31:1, “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.”
Life is often unstable and stressful. Many voices clamor for your ear and your trust. The only way to have confidence in shaky times is to be firmly planted on trustworthy ground. There is no more sure foundation than the Lord and His Word. Place your confidence here, and you will never be ashamed. Following God’s Word is the only cure for shame, including the shame we heap on ourselves for having trusted wrong voices in the past. God is righteous. He will deliver. No matter what, listen to and trust in God’s Word. Which is His voice. Not only will you be blessed, you will be steadied to bless others.