Words Of Truth - August 25, 2010

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"A Desire For Wind"

“Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.”  Song of Solomon 4:16a

(This devotion is taken from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening.)

  Anything is better than the dead calm of indifference.  Our souls may wisely desire the north wind of trouble if that alone can be sanctified to the drawing forth of the perfume of our graces.  So long as it cannot be said, “The Lord was not in the wind,” we will not shrink from the most wintry blast that ever blew upon plans of grace.  Did not the spouse in this verse humbly submit herself to the reproofs of her Beloved, only entreating Him to send forth His grace in some form, and making no stipulation as to the peculiar manner in which it should come?  Did she not, like ourselves, become so utterly weary of deadness and unholy calm that she signed for any visitation which would brace her to action?  Yet she desires the warm south wind of comfort too, the smiles of divine love, the joy of the Redeemer’s presence; these are often mightily effectual to arouse our sluggish life.  She desires either one or the other, or both, so that she may but be able to delight her Beloved with the spices of her garden.  She cannot endure to be unprofitable, nor can we.  How cheering a thought that Jesus can find comfort in our poor feeble graces.  Can it be?  It seems far too good to be true.  Well may we court trial or even death itself if we shall thereby be aided to make glad Immanuel’s heart.  O that our heart were crushed to atoms if only by such bruising our sweet Lord Jesus could be glorified.  Graces unexercised are as sweet perfumes slumbering in the cups of the flowers:  the wisdom of the great Husbandman overrules diverse and opposite causes to produce the one desired result, and makes both affliction and consolation draw forth the grateful odours of faith, love, patience, hope, resignation, joy, and the other fair flowers of the garden.  May we know by sweet experience, what this means. 

Study verses:  Psalm 139; Colossians 3:1-4; I Peter 1:1-9

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Previous devotions

"Strangers In The Lord's House" - August 18, 2010
"A Place of Broad Rivers and Streams" - August 11, 2010
"Salesmen of Freedom" - August 4, 2010
"They Had Been With Jesus" - July 21, 2010
"He Healed Them All" - July 14, 2010
"Faith In America" - July 7, 2010
"Slow To Anger; Great In Power" - June 30, 2010
"He Is Precious" - June 23, 2010

"The Fire of Strife" - June 16, 2010
"The Common Man" - June 9, 2010
"In My Prosperity I Said I Shall Not Be Moved" - June 2, 2010


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