Morning, April 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“All the sons of Israel grumbled.” — Numbers 14:2

There are complainers amongst Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when the rod falls, cry out against the suffering dispensed to them. They ask, “Why am I afflicted? What have I done to be disciplined in this manner?” A word with you, O grumbler! Why should you complain against the divine actions of your heavenly Father? Can he treat you more harshly than you deserve? Consider what a rebel you once were, but he has pardoned you! Surely, if he in his wisdom sees fit now to chastise you, you should not complain. After all, are you afflicted as hard as your sins deserve? Consider the corruption which is in your heart, and then will you wonder that there needs so much of the rod to fetch it out? Weigh yourself, and discern how much dross is mingled with your gold; and do you think the fire too hot to purge away so much dross as you have? Does not that proud rebellious spirit of yours prove that your heart is not thoroughly sanctified? Are not those complaining words contrary to the holy submissive nature of God’s children? Is not the correction needed? But if you will grumble against the chastening, take heed, for it will go hard with complainers. God always chastises his children twice, if they do not bear the first stroke patiently. But know one thing—”He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.” All his corrections are sent in love, to purify you, and to draw you nearer to himself. Surely it must help you to bear the discipline with resignation if you are able to recognize your Father’s hand. For “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons.” “Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.”

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