Tuesday, January 24, 2012

If He strengthens me

It may not please God to lessen the burden, but it comes to the same thing if he strengthens the back. He may not recall the soldier from the battle, but if he gives him a greater stomach for the fight, and increased strength for its toils, it may be better still for him. “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a wounded spirit who can bear?” Give a man health in his countenance, and he laughs at that which would have crushed him had he been in another mood. There are times when the grasshopper becomes a burden, and there are other seasons when with undaunted spirit we can say, “Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubabel thou shalt become a plain.”

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "The Secret Of Health," delivered March 25, 1875. Image by Steve Jurvetson on Flickr under Creative Commons License.


Rick Morgan said...

We always choose to lighten the load if we get a choice but you are right, sometimes God chooses to make us stronger and leave the load on us.

Charise said...

Oh Lord, help me to allow your character to be brought about in me, even if it means I must bear a heavy load.