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October 25

Jeremiah 5:10-31; 2 Timothy 1

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. —Jeremiah v. 22, 23.

The majesty of God, as displayed in creation and providence, ought to stir up our hearts in adoring wonder and melt them down in willing obedience to His commands. The almighty power of Jehovah, so clearly manifest in the works of His hands, should constrain us, His creatures, to fear His name and prostrate ourselves in humble reverence before His throne. When we know that the sea, however tempestuous, is entirely submissive to the behests of God; that when He saith, "Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further, it dares not encroach—"the pride of its waves is stayed." When we know that God bridles the tempest, though "nature rocks beneath His tread," and curbs the boisterous storm—He ought to be feared—verily, He is a God before whom it is no dishonour for us to bow ourselves in the very dust. The contemplation of the marvelous works which He doth upon "the great and wide sea," where He tosseth the waves to and fro, and yet keepeth them in their ordained courses, should draw forth our devoutest emotions, and I could almost say, inspire us with homage. Great art Thou, O Lord God; greatly art Thou to be praised; let the world which thou hast made, and all that therein is, declare Thy glory!

Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), p. 18.

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