Faith’s Check Book

Sometimes, just when you need it encouragement comes along.

I opened up Spurgeon’s online “Faith’s Check Book” yesterday, and this was the entry.

Power to Raise

The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down. (Psalm l46:8)

Am I bowed down? Then let me urge this word of grace before the Lord. It is His way, His custom, His promise, His delight, to raise up them that are bowed down. Is it a sense of sin and a consequent depression of spirit which distresses me? Then the work of Jesus is, in this case, made and provided to raise me up into rest. O Lord, raise me, for Thy mercy’s sake!

Is it a sad bereavement or a great fall in circumstances? Here again the Comforter has undertaken to console. What a mercy for us that one Person of the sacred Trinity should become the Comforter! This work will be well done since such a glorious One has made it His peculiar care.

Some are so bowed down that only Jesus can loose them from their infirmity, but He can, and He will, do it. He can raise us up to health, to hope, to happiness. He has often done so under former trials, and He is the same Savior and will repeat His deeds of lovingkindness. We who are today bowed down and sorrowful shalt yet be set on high, and those who now mock at us shall be greatly ashamed. What an honor to be raised up by the Lord! It is worthwhile to be bowed down that we may experience His upraising power.

Encouraging words. Sometimes I find myself too ready to focus on God’s all knowing nature – how he works in “mysterious ways” to bring about good in ways that we cannot see from our current perspective (for example, missing out on a job which later means you meet the love of your life). It can be easy to forget that God promises to stand by us if we ask him in our everyday lives, not just with a view to the long term either.

Faith’s Check Book can be seen at this link.

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