Evening, October 10, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“So I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, And I will redeem you from the grasp of the violent.”– Jeremiah 15:21
Note the glorious person making the promise. “I will, I will.” The Lord Jehovah himself intervenes to deliver and redeem his people. He pledges himself personally to rescue them. His own arm shall do it, that he may have the glory. Not a word is said here of any effort of our own which may be needed to assist the Lord. Neither our strength nor our weakness is taken into the account, but the lone “I,” like the sun in the heavens, shines out resplendent in all-sufficiency. Why then do we calculate our resources, and consult with flesh and blood to our grave injury? Jehovah has power enough without borrowing from our puny arm. Peace, my unbelieving thoughts, be still, and know that the Lord reigns. Nor is there a hint concerning secondary methods and causes. The Lord says nothing of friends and helpers: he undertakes the work alone, and feels no need of human arms to aid him. All our looking around to companions and relatives is vain ; they are broken reeds if we lean upon them–often unwilling when able, and unable when they are willing. Since the promise comes alone from God, it would be well to wait only upon him; and when we do so, our expectation never fails us. Who are the wicked that we should fear them? The Lord will utterly consume them; they are to be pitied rather than feared. As for violent ones, they are only terrors to those who have no God to run to, for when the Lord is on our side, whom shall we fear? If we run into sin to please the wicked, we have cause to be alarmed, but if we hold fast to our integrity, the rage of tyrants shall be overruled for our good. When the fish swallowed Jonah, he found in him a morsel which he could not digest; and when the world devours the church, it is glad to be rid of it again. In all times of fiery trial, in patience let us maintain quiet in our souls.