"Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night...?"
Of all the books in my personal library, some of the most treasured are a 10 volume collection of the sermons of Charles Spurgeon, or as he was known by many, "The Prince of Preachers." I have often used this collection as devotional reading. In my opinion there are few preachers today who even come close to the caliber of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Perhaps it's even a little ironic that as I type these words, our American friends to the south are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York. For some time now I have also been wrestling with a few issues in my own life and that of the lives of some loved ones. Where is God in our pains and our sufferings? Where is God when our world begins to crumble around us?
Anyone who has known me for a while has no doubt heard me say, "I complained about having no shoes until I met a man who had no feet." I don't know where I got that from; it's not original to me. It is also not intended to belittle the problems of others, for our problems and concerns are very real to each of us. However, what I like about this saying is that it reminds me that things could always be worse and I need to be grateful that they aren't any worse. When all my world seems as dark as night, I need to remember that there is always a star in the sky to remind me that God is still there. When the floodwaters of adversity come, I need to remember that God has also given us a rainbow in the sky to remind us that He is still there, and though we may not understand why things are happening as they are, we can and must believe that God is still very much in control.
Anyway, this was not supposed to be about my thoughts; it was supposed to be about Charles Spurgeon. As I sat in the quiet of my early Sunday morning, something I read in Spurgeon's Sermons spoke to me and blessed me. It came from a sermon he had entitled "Songs in the Night" and was based on Job 35:10. Here is an excerpt from it. May it bless you as it did me.
"Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us" (Romans 8: 17-18; NIV).
Thank you, Jesus.