Morning, July 27, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Precious and magnificent promises.”– 2 Peter 1:4
If you would experience the value beyond price of these promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate often upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread upon them the juice will flow. Thinking over the holy words will often be the prelude to their fulfillment. While you are contemplating them, the benefit which you are seeking will unconsciously come to you. Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has found the favor which it ensured gently distilling into his heart even while he has been considering the Biblical record; and he has rejoiced that he was continually led to lay the promise near his heart.
But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in your heart to receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to yourself this way:
“If I were dealing with a man’s promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had made an agreement with me. So it is also with the promise of God; my eye must not be so focused upon the greatness of the promise of mercy — that may stagger me – but as upon the greatness of He who promises — that will cheer me.
“My heart, it is God, even your God, the God that cannot lie, who speaks to you. This word of his which you are now considering is as true as his own existence. He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered anything which has gone out of his mouth, nor called back one single comforting sentence.
“Nor does he lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken this way. Nor can he fail in wisdom as to the time when he will grant the favors, for he knows when it is best to give and when better to withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so unchangeable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise.”
If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfillment.