Morning, February 21, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“He Himself has said.” — Hebrews 13:5

If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall stricken with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God’s covenant? Will not the distresses of life and the pangs of death; will not the corruption within, and the traps without; will not the trials from above, and the temptations from beneath, all seem but light afflictions, when we can hide ourselves beneath the fortress wall of “He has said?” Yes; whether for enjoyment in our peacefulness, or for strength in our conflict, “He has said” must be our daily assertion. And this may teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures. There may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort. You are like prisoners in a dungeon, and there may be one key on the keychain which would unlock the door, and you might be free; but if you will not look for it, you may remain a prisoner still, though liberty is so near at hand. There may be a effective medicine in the great pharmacopoeia of Scripture, and you may yet continue in sickness unless you will examine and search the Scriptures to discover what “He has said.” Should you not, besides reading the Bible, fill your memories richly with the promises of God? You can recollect the sayings of great men; you treasure up the verses of renowned poets; should you not be skilled in your knowledge of the words of God, so that you may be able to quote them readily when you would overcome a difficulty, or cast away a doubt? Since “He has said” is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort, let it dwell in you richly, as “A well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.” In this shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy in the divine life.