Morning, October 23, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“You do not want to go away also, do you?” — John 6:67

Many have forsaken Christ, and have quit walking with him; but what reason have you to make a change? Has there been any reason for it in the past? Has not Jesus proved himself entirely sufficient? He appeals to you this morning: “Have I been a wilderness to you?” When your soul has simply trusted Jesus, have you ever been defeated? Have you not up till now found your Lord to be a compassionate and generous friend to you, and has not simple faith in him given you all the peace your spirit could desire? Can you so much as dream of a better friend than he has been to you? Then do not change the old and tried for the new and false. As for the present trial, can that compel you to leave Christ? When we are relentless afflicted with this world, or with severe trials within the Church, we find it a most blessed thing to pillow our head into the embrace of our Savior. This is the joy we have today that we are saved in him; and if this joy is satisfying, why should we think of changing? Who exchanges gold for dross? We will not disown the sun until we find a better light, nor leave our Lord until a brighter lover shall appear; and, since this can never be, we will hold him with an immortal grasp, and emboss his name as a seal upon our arm. As for the future, can you suggest anything which can arise that shall render it necessary for you to mutiny, or desert the old flag to serve under another captain? We think not. If life lasts long–he changes not. If we are poor, what better than to have Christ who can make us rich? When we are sick, what more do we want than Jesus to make our bed in our sickness? When we die, is it not written that “neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” We say with Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”