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January 28

Genesis 31:19-55, Matthew 18:1-20

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

"And Thou saidst, I will surely do thee good." Genesis xxxii. 12.

Brethren, what is your present trouble? One sighs out because he knows not where to look for food and raiment. But there is a word of the Lord for that need: "No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly." There is another, "He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee"; and another. "Bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure." Can you not go to the living God with these words of His upon your tongue, and beg Him to be as good as His promise? Say in so many words, "Lord, I am afraid that, if I am much longer without a situation, I shall not have shoes to my feet, nor bread for my children, and I shall be brought to a condition of utter penury; and yet Thou hast said, 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee'! Lord, I plead that promise!" See whether the Lord does not deliver you.

Do you ask me, "Are you sure that God will keep His word?" I answer, yes. I will be bound for Him at any time, and in any place. Many children of God are in sore distress. I do not know how low He may let them go, but I do know that they shall never go lower than that word: "Underneath are the everlasting arms." I cannot say with David, "I have been young, and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread"; for I have seen His seed begging bread, and I expect to see it again. If the seed of the righteous misbehave themselves, they shall beg their bread as other people have to do. But I can say, "I have been young, and I am now in middle life; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken; no, not so much as once!" The Lord will not turn His back on His friends, nor suffer those who trust in Him to be forsaken.

C. H. Spurgeon, Treasury of the Old Testament, Vol. 1, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), p. 150

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