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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - November 11, 2015

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> "Underneath are the everlasting arms."
> Deuteronomy 33:27
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> God--the eternal God--is himself our support at all times, and especially when we
are sinking in deep trouble. There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low
in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness, he is humbled before
God till he scarcely knows how to pray, because he appears, in his own sight, so
worthless. Well, child of God, remember that when thou art at thy worst and
lowest, yet "underneath" thee "are everlasting arms." Sin may drag thee ever so
low, but Christ's great atonement is still under all. You may have descended into
the deeps, but you cannot have fallen so low as "the uttermost;" and to the
uttermost he saves.

Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply in sore trial
from without. Every earthly prop is cut away. What then? Still underneath him are
"the everlasting arms." He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction but what
the covenant grace of an ever-faithful God will still encircle him. The Christian
may be sinking under trouble from within through fierce conflict, but even then he
cannot be brought so low as to be beyond the reach of the "everlasting arms"--they
are underneath him; and, while thus sustained, all Satan's efforts to harm him
avail nothing.
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> This assurance of support is a comfort to any weary but earnest worker in the
service of God. It implies a promise of strength for each day, grace for each
need, and power for each duty. And, further, when death comes, the promise shall
still hold good. When we stand in the midst of Jordan, we shall be able to say
with David, "I will fear no evil, for thou art with me." We shall descend into the
grave, but we shall go no lower, for the eternal arms prevent our further fall.
All through life, and at its close, we shall be upheld by the "everlasting
arms"--arms that neither flag nor lose their strength, for "the everlasting God
fainteth not, neither is weary."
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> Evening
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> "He shall choose our inheritance for us."
> Psalm 47:4
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> 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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> "Trials must and will befall--
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> But with humble faith to see
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> Love inscribed upon them all;
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> This is happiness to me."
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