Evening, July 5, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.”  — Isaiah 26:4

Seeing that we have such a God to trust in, let us rest upon him with all our weight; let us resolve to drive out all unbelief, and endeavor to get rid of doubts and fears, which greatly spoil our tranquility; since there is no excuse for fear where God is the foundation of our trust. A loving parent would be greatly saddened if his child could not trust him; and how selfish, how unkind is our conduct when we put so little confidence in our heavenly Father who has never failed us, and who never will. It would bode well if doubting was banished from the household of God; but it is to be feared that old Unbelief is as alive nowadays as when the psalmist asked, “Has His lovingkindness ceased forever? Has His promise come to an end forever?” David had not made any exhaustive test of the mighty sword of the giant Goliath, and yet he said, “There is none like it.” He had tried it once in the hour of his youthful victory, and it had proved itself to be of the right alloy, and therefore he praised it well after; even so should we speak well of our God, there is none like him in the heaven above or the earth beneath; “’To whom then will you liken Me, that I would be his equal?’ says the Holy One.” There is no rock nearly like the rock of Jacob, our enemies themselves being judges. So far from allowing doubts to abide in our hearts, we will take the whole detestable crew, as Elijah did the prophets of Baal, and execute them over the brook; and for a stream to kill them at, we will select the sacred torrent which wells forth from our Savior’s wounded side. We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been cast where we could not find in our God all that we needed. Let us then be encouraged to trust in the Lord forever, assured that his everlasting strength will be, as it has been, our assistance and foundation.