Morning, November 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?” And the man of God answered, “The Lord has much more to give you than this.” — 2 Chronicles 25:9
This seemed to be a very important question to the king of Judah, and possibly it is of even more weight with the tried and tempted Christian. It is at no times pleasant to lose money, and when to hold up principles involves it, our flesh is not always ready to make the sacrifice. “Why lose that which may be so usefully employed? Will not the truth itself be too expensive? What shall we do without it? Remember our children, and our small income!” All these things and a thousand more would tempt the Christian to put forth his hand to unrighteous gain, or keep himself from carrying out his conscientious convictions, when they involve serious loss. All men cannot view these matters in the light of faith; and even with the followers of Jesus, the doctrine of “we must live” has quite sufficient weight.
“The Lord is able to give you much more than this,” is a very satisfactory answer to the anxious question. Our Father holds the purse-strings, and what we lose for his sake he can repay a thousand fold. It is our part to obey his will, and we may rest assured that he will provide for us. The Lord will be no man’s debtor at the end. Saints know that an ounce of a peaceful heart is of more value than a ton of gold. He who wraps a threadbare coat around a good conscience has gained a spiritual wealth far more desirable than any he has lost. God’s smile and a prison are enough for a true heart; his frown and a palace would be hell to a grace-filled spirit. Let the worst come to the worst, let all the piles of gold go; we have not lost our treasure, for that is above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Meanwhile, even now, the Lord makes the meek to inherit the earth, and he will not withhold any good thing from them that walk uprightly.