Morning, December 19, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” — Proverbs 16:33
If the decision of the lot is the Lord’s whose is the arrangement of our whole life? If the simple casting of a lot is guided by him, how much more the events of our entire life–especially when we are told by our blessed Savior, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered: not a sparrow falls to the ground without your Father.” It would bring a divine calm over your mind, dear friend, if you were always to remember this. It would so relieve your mind from anxiety, that you would be the better able to walk in patience, quiet, and cheerfulness as a Christian should. When a man is anxious he cannot pray with faith; when he is troubled about the world, he cannot serve his Master; his thoughts are serving himself. If you would “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” all things would then be added unto you. You are meddling with Christ’s business, and neglecting your own when you worry about your situation and circumstances. You have been trying to work to provide and forgetting that it is your part to obey. Be wise and attend to the obeying, and let Christ manage the providing. Come and survey your Father’s storehouse, and ask whether he will let you starve while he has laid up so great an abundance in his cache? Look at his heart of mercy; see if that can ever prove unkind! Look at his unfathomable wisdom; see if that will ever be at fault. Above all, look up to Jesus Christ your Intercessor, and ask yourself, while he pleads for you, can your Father deal ungraciously with you? If he remembers even sparrows, will he forget one of the least of his poor children? “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you. He will never tolerate the righteous to be moved.”
My soul, rest happy in thy low estate,
Nor hope nor wish to be esteem’d or great;
To take the impress of the Will Divine,
Be that thy glory, and those riches thine.