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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - August 02, 2015

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> "Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will."
> Ephesians 1:11
> Our belief in God's wisdom supposes and necessitates that he has a settled purpose
and plan in the work of salvation. What would creation have been without his
design? Is there a fish in the sea, or a fowl in the air, which was left to chance
for its formation?

Nay, in every bone, joint, and muscle, sinew, gland, and
blood-vessel, you mark the presence of a God working everything according to the
design of infinite wisdom. And shall God be present in creation, ruling over all,
and not in grace? Shall the new creation have the fickle genius of free will to
preside over it when divine counsel rules the old creation? Look at Providence!
Who knoweth not that not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Father? Even
the hairs of your head are all numbered. God weighs the mountains of our grief in
scales, and the hills of our tribulation in balances.

And shall there be a God in
providence and not in grace? Shall the shell be ordained by wisdom and the kernel
be left to blind chance? No; he knows the end from the beginning. He sees in its
appointed place, not merely the corner-stone which he has laid in fair colours, in
the blood of his dear Son, but he beholds in their ordained position each of the
chosen stones taken out of the quarry of nature, and polished by his grace; he
sees the whole from corner to cornice, from base to roof, from foundation to

He hath in his mind a clear knowledge of every stone which shall be laid
in its prepared space, and how vast the edifice shall be, and when the top-stone
shall be brought forth with shoutings of "Grace! Grace! unto it." At the last it
shall be clearly seen that in every chosen vessel of mercy, Jehovah did as he
willed with his own; and that in every part of the work of grace he accomplished
his purpose, and glorified his own name.
> Evening
> "So she gleaned in the field until even."
> Ruth 2:17
> Let me learn from Ruth, the gleaner. As she went out to gather the ears of corn,
so must I go forth into the fields of prayer, meditation, the ordinances, and
hearing the word to gather spiritual food. The gleaner gathers her portion ear by
ear; her gains are little by little: so must I be content to search for single
truths, if there be no greater plenty of them. Every ear helps to make a bundle,
and every gospel lesson assists in making us wise unto salvation.

The gleaner
keeps her eyes open: if she stumbled among the stubble in a dream, she would have
no load to carry home rejoicingly at eventide. I must be watchful in religious
exercises lest they become unprofitable to me; I fear I have lost much already--O
that I may rightly estimate my opportunities, and glean with greater diligence.
The gleaner stoops for all she finds, and so must I. High spirits criticize and
object, but lowly minds glean and receive benefit.

A humble heart is a great help
towards profitably hearing the gospel. The engrafted soul-saving word is not
received except with meekness. A stiff back makes a bad gleaner; down, master
pride, thou art a vile robber, not to be endured for a moment. What the gleaner
gathers she holds: if she dropped one ear to find another, the result of her day's
work would be but scant; she is as careful to retain as to obtain, and so at last
her gains are great. How often do I forget all that I hear; the second truth
pushes the first out of my head, and so my reading and hearing end in much ado
about nothing!

Do I feel duly the importance of storing up the truth? A hungry
belly makes the gleaner wise; if there be no corn in her hand, there will be no
bread on her table; she labours under the sense of necessity, and hence her tread
is nimble and her grasp is firm; I have even a greater necessity, Lord, help me to
feel it, that it may urge me onward to glean in fields which yield so plenteous a
reward to diligence.

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Re: EPHESIANS. Who worketh all thhings after the counsel of his own will.

That's a great thought provoking piece. I wish I were a wordsmith.
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