Thursday, February 9, 2017

the mere struggle to exist

C.H. Spurgeon, the great British preacher from the 1800's, who lived and ministered in a society strewn with suffering, once said this:

"Some cannot receive Christ because they are so full of anguish, and are so crushed in spirit that they cannot find strength enough of mind to entertain a hope that by any possibility salvation can come to them.... the mere struggle to exist exhausted all their energy, and destroyed all their hope.... I do not wonder that a great many are unable to receive the gospel in this city of ours, because their struggle for existence is awful.  I am afraid that it gets more and more intense, though even now it passes all bounds.  If any of you can do anything to help the toil-worn workers, I pray you, do it.... And yet, dear friend—if such a one has come in here tonight—I pray you do not throw away the next world because you have so little of this.  This is sheer folly.  If I have little here, I would make sure of the more hereafter."

Isn't this the same kind of choking darkness that kept the Israelites from hearing the good news from Moses?

"Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery."  Exodus 6:9

We'll see what the Word of God has to say to this situation on Sunday morning at DPC.  Come join us.

The Lord has not left us at the mercy of broken, crushed hearts.

He has spoken.

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