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Charles Spurgeon's MORNING & EVENING

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

EVENING:

"He shall choose our inheritance for us."
-- Psalms 47:4

Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied
with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the
fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for
you the safest and best condition. A ship of large tonnage is to be
brought up the river; now, in one part of the stream there is a
sandbank; should some one ask, "Why does the captain steer through the
deep part of the channel and deviate so much from a straight line?" His
answer would be, "Because I should not get my vessel into harbour at
all if I did not keep to the deep channel." So, it may be, you would
run aground and suffer shipwreck, if your divine Captain did not steer
you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each
other in quick succession. Some plants die if they have too much
sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little, you
are put there by the loving Husbandman, because only in that situation
will you bring forth fruit unto perfection. Remember this, had any
other condition been better for you than the one in which you are,
divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most
suitable circumstances, and if you had the choosing of your lot, you
would soon cry, "Lord, choose my inheritance for me, for by my
self-will I am pierced through with many sorrows." Be content with such
things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your
good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for
your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in
every good word and work to the glory of God. Down busy self, and proud
impatience, it is not for you to choose, but for the Lord of Love!

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