Evening, September 1, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Trust in him at all times.” — Psalm 62:8
Faith is as much the rule of our daily life as of our spiritual life; we ought to have faith in God for our earthly affairs as well as for our heavenly business. It is only as we learn to trust in God for the supply of all our daily needs that we shall live above the world. We are not to be lazy, that would show we did not trust in God, who is himself at work, but in the devil, who is the father of idleness. We are not to be imprudent or rash; that would show we trust chance, and not the living God, who is a God of economy and order. Acting in all prudence and uprightness, we are to rely simply and entirely upon the Lord at all times.
Let me commend to you a life of trust in God in temporal things, the things of this earth. Trusting in God, you will not be compelled to mourn because you have used sinful means to grow rich. Serve God with integrity, and if you achieve no success, at least no sin will lie upon your conscience. Trusting God, you will not be guilty of self-contradiction. He who trusts in craftiness, sails this way today, and that way the next, like a vessel tossed about by the changeable wind; but he that trusts in the Lord is like a vessel propelled by engine; she cuts through the waves, defies the wind, and makes one bright silvery straightforward track to her destined haven. Be a man with living principles within; never bow to the varying customs of worldly wisdom. Walk in your path of integrity with unwavering steps, and show that you are invincibly strong in the strength which confidence in God alone can grant. Thus, you will be delivered from anxiety, you will not be troubled with evil reports, your heart will be fixed, trusting in the Lord. How pleasant to float along the stream of God’s foreseeing care! There is no more blessed way of living than a life of dependence upon a covenant-keeping God. We have no worries, for he cares for us; we have no troubles, because we cast our burdens upon the Lord.