Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sunshine and Showers

Pentecost is followed by persecution: Peter’s sermon by Peter’s imprisonment. Though today a church may flourish abundantly, in a very short time it may be visited with stern adversities, it may be tried none the less, but all the more, because God is in its midst, and is blessing it....

A Christian man is seldom long at ease. Our life, like April weather, is made up of sunshine and showers... Nothing beneath the moon can be depended upon, all things are invariably variable. “Boast not thyself of to-morrow,” saith the wise man; and he might have added, “Boast not thyself of to-day, for thou knowest not how the evening may close, however brightly the morning may have opened.”

Let us learn this lesson at the outset, let us not reckon upon the continuance of present ease, nor fix our happiness upon the fickle weather of this world, but let us be ready for changes, so that, come when they may, we shall not be afraid of evil tidings, our heart being fixed, trusting in the Lord.

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Christ Asleep In The Vessel," delivered July 13, 1873. Image by Tim Wang on Flickr under Creative Commons License.

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