Morning, October 17, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Then David said to himself, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul.” — 1 Samuel 27:1
The thought in David’s heart at this time was false, because he certainly had no ground for thinking that God’s anointing by Samuel was intended to be left as an empty, unmeaning act. On no occasion had the Lord deserted his servant; he had been placed in perilous positions often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine intervention had not delivered him. The trials to which he had been exposed had been varied; they had not assumed one form only, but many–yet in every case he who sent the trial had also graciously ordained a way of escape. David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, “Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me,” for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. From what God had already done for him he should have argued that God would still be his defender. But is this not the very same way that we doubt God’s help? Is it not mistrust without a cause? Have we ever had the shadow of a reason to doubt our Father’s goodness? Have not his loving kindnesses been marvelous? Has he once failed to justify our trust? Absolutely not! Our God has not left us at any time. We have had dark nights, but the star of love has shone forth amid the blackness; we have been in severe conflicts, but over our head he has held aloft the shield of our defense. We have gone through many trials, but never to our detriment, but always to our advantage; and the conclusion from our past experience is that he who has been with us in six troubles, will not forsake us in the seventh. What we have known of our faithful God proves that he will keep us to the end. Let us not, then, reason contrary to evidence. How can we ever be so ungenerous as to doubt our God? Lord, throw down the Jezebel of our unbelief, and let the dogs devour it.