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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: March 29th

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“Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.”

Proverbs 16:17-33

Proverbs 16:17

Keep thy way and God will keep thee; but let it be the Kings highway, the ancient, well-trodden way, marked out by authority, and traversed by the Prince of pilgrims himself.

Proverbs 16:18

Pride must have a fall. As the mercury in the barometer foretells the weather, so does pride warn us that a humbling time is near.

Proverbs 16:19

It does not seem so, and few would choose it, but the Word of God knows best. The sharer of the spoil is afraid that he may lose it again, and probably is even now discontented and greedy for more, but the lowly mind is satisfied, and so possesses happiness.

Proverbs 16:20

To trust God in all our matters is the wise way of handling them. Let us trust him in all things this day.

Proverbs 16:21

The really wise will be discovered, and shall have the credit they deserve; and those who can speak attractively increase the knowledge of the people if their own hearts are rightly instructed.

Proverbs 16:22

Even his wisdom is ridiculous, When he does his best it is but folly.

Proverbs 16:23 , Proverbs 16:24

Since pleasant words are both sweet and wholesome, let us use many of them. Words out of God’s Word, kind words words which cause pleasure to others let us use them from morning to night, and so though we keep no bees, we shall never be without honeycombs.

Proverbs 16:26

Our mouth calls daily for bread, and therefore we must work for it. And spiritual bread is to be laboured for, for so the Saviour has told us.

Proverbs 16:27

He searches it out, he dives into secrets, he works hard to unearth it. How men will labour for Satan.

Proverbs 16:27

Ready to break forth at any moment, and do infinite mischief.

Proverbs 16:28

If you have anything to say which you dare not speak out, never say it at all. Whispering against persons is mean to the last degree, and those who listen to it are mean too.

Proverbs 16:29 , Proverbs 16:30

Some shut their eyes and move their lips in prayer, but revengeful men make malice their devotion, they are always thinking of it, and muttering about it to themselves.

Proverbs 16:31

Honour, then, all aged saints. Regard them as crowned heads, and treat them with double respect. Old age is honourable by itself, but associated with piety it is venerable.

Proverbs 16:32

He conquers himself, he crushes an inward insurrection, and these are the noblest of achievements. The Lord make each one of us gentle and forbearing. Are we of a hot and angry spirit, let us pray for the waters of grace to quench the flames of nature.

Proverbs 16:33

Even in trivial matters and matters contingent and accidental, the Lord rules. This is a sweet comfort.

Thine for ever! Saviour keep

These thy frail and trembling sheep;

Safe enclosed beneath thy care,

Let us all thy goodness share.

Thine for ever! thou our Guide,

All our wants by thee supplied,

All our sins by thee forgiven,

Led by thee from earth to heaven.


“Charity never faileth.”

1 Corinthians 13

Let us for our instruction read Paul’s description of holy love, which is so excellent a grace as to be absolutely essential to the Christian character.

1 Corinthians 13:1

Eloquence of the most lofty kind is mere sound, unless there be love in the speaker’s heart to give weight to his words. Better to have a loving heart than to speak twenty languages.

1 Corinthians 13:2

Gifts may be plentiful, and those of the highest order, and yet we may perish; grace in the heart is the only sure evidence of salvation. A man may prophesy and be a Balaam, he may understand mysteries and be a Simon Magus, he may have all knowledge and perish like Ahithophel, and he may have a mountain-moving faith, and be a son of perdition like Judas. Love to God and man there must be, or we have nothing good in us.

1 Corinthians 13:3

Men may endow the poor with all their substance out of mere ostentation, or die as martyrs out of sheer obstinacy, but if they have no love to God they have suffered in vain. Love is an essential grace, it is the soul of godliness, and without it religion is but a dead carcase.

1 Corinthians 13:4

It is glad of another’s good.

1 Corinthians 13:4

It never glorifies itself.

1 Corinthians 13:4

It hates flattery.

1 Corinthians 13:5

Christian love conducts itself properly. Love to others will not allow us to act in a manner unbecoming our position and the decencies of society.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Is not suspicious and captious.

1 Corinthians 13:6 , 1 Corinthians 13:7

Covers many things with its mantle, and as Old Master Trapp says, “swallows down whole many pills which would be very bitter in her mouth if she were so foolish as to chew them.”

That is to say, all things which are for a neighbours credit; trying to put a good construction upon everything, even where it needs great faith to be able to do so.

1 Corinthians 13:8 , 1 Corinthians 13:9

It is an unwithering flower.

1 Corinthians 13:8 , 1 Corinthians 13:9

Our greatest knowledge is to know that we know nothing. We are but scholars in the lower forms of Christ’s College.

1 Corinthians 13:10-12

He shows that our best intellectual attainments here below, even in heavenly things, must be necessarily temporary, and thus he leads us to prize those choice graces of the heart which will outlast time, and be perfected in eternity.

1 Corinthians 13:13

It is not true that faith and hope will cease any more than love. The three divine sisters are each immortal. We shall trust the Lord all the more when we meet him face to face, and we shall hope all the more ardently for the continued enjoyment of his glory when we enter into it. Still love bears the palm, may we be made perfect in it.

Had I the tongues of Greeks and Jews,

And nobler speech than angels use.

If love be absent, I am found

Like tinkling brass, an empty sound.

Should I distribute all my store,

To feed the bowels of the poor,

Or give my body to the flame,

To gain a martyr’s glorious name:

If love to God and love to men

Be absent, all my hopes are vain;

Nor tongues, nor gifts, nor fiery zeal,

The work of love can e’er fulfil.

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