Morning, July 8, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Please tell me where your great strength is.” — Judges 16:6

Where lies the secret strength of Faith? It lies in the food she feeds on; for Faith studies what the promise is–an outpouring of divine grace, an overflowing of the great heart of God; and Faith says, “My God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; therefore she is quite certain his Word will be fulfilled.” Then Faith thinks, “Who gave this promise?” She at first doesn’t consider its greatness, as, “Who is the author of it?” But Faith remembers that it is God who cannot lie–God omnipotent, God unchangable; and therefore concludes that the promise must be fulfilled; forward she advances in this firm conviction. Faith remembers why the promise was given — namely, for God’s glory — and she feels perfectly sure that God’s glory is safe, that he will never stain his own coat of arms, nor mar the luster of his own crown; and consequently the promise must and will stand. Then Faith also considers the amazing work of Christ as being a clear proof of the Father’s intention to fulfil his word. “He that spared not his own Son, but freely delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Moreover, Faith looks back upon the past, for battles have strengthened her, and victories have given her courage. Faith remembers that God never has failed her; nay, that he never did once fail any of his children. Faith recalls times of great peril, when deliverance came; hours of awful need, days in which her strength was found, and Faith cries, “No, I never will be led to think that he can change and leave his servant now. Before the Lord has helped me, and he will help me still.” In that way Faith views each promise in her connection with the promise-giver, and, because she does so, can with assurance say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!”