Evening, March 7, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” — Psalm 118:8
Doubtless the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God. Christians often look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their reliance upon their God. Does this evening’s reading meet the eye of a child of God anxious about temporal, worldly needs? Then we would reason with him for a while.
You trust in Jesus, and only in Jesus, for your salvation; then why are you troubled? “Because of my many cares.” Is it not written, “Cast your cares upon the Lord?” “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Can you not trust God for temporal things? “Ah! I wish I could.” If you cannot trust God for the temporal, how dare you trust him for the spiritual? Can you trust him for your soul’s redemption, and not rely upon him for a few lesser gifts? Is not God enough for your need, or is his all-sufficiency too narrow for your wants? Do you need another eye beside that of him who sees every secret thing? Is his heart faint? Is his arm weary? If so, seek another God; but if he is indeed infinite, omnipotent, faithful, true, and all-wise, why do you look to seek confidence anywhere else? Why do you scour the earth to find another foundation, when this is strong enough to bear all the weight upon which you can ever build? Christian, you would not mix wine with water; do not alloy your gold of faith with the dross of human confidence. Wait only upon God, and let your expectation be from him. Do not covet Jonah’s shade plant, but rest in Jonah’s God. Let the sandy foundations of terrestrial trust be the choice of fools; but let you, like one who foresees the storm, build for yourself an abiding place upon the Rock of Ages.