Spurgeon Thursday

 THE SEED BY THE WAYSIDE

NO. 2843

A SERMON

INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD’S-DAY, AUGUST 9, 1903.

DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,

AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 13, 1888.

 “As he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trodden  down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.” Luke 8:5.

spurgeon5THIS parable is recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke. It is a very important one and, therefore, it is very carefully preserved for us. Matthew puts it, “When he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came, and devoured them up.”

Notice that the sower is always spoken of as a solitary man. In the harvest field, there is a great company and they sing and shout together in harmony, but the sower goes forth alone. Our Savior was the great Sower—“THE SOWER went forth to sow,” unaccompanied. He pursued His solitary way and all day long He continued His personal task. For that reason, I feel that when we come together  in large numbers, the majority of us, I hope, being earnest sowers of the Good Seed of the Kingdom,  we help to cheer each other up, for, to a large extent, we have to work alone. I have, thank God, many helpers, but there are certain parts of this work in which I feel an almost unbearable  solitude. I suppose that you who are engaged in your own spheres of service often derive much comfort from Christian  communion, but there must be some parts of your work in which you have to act by yourselves—to labor alone and to wait upon God alone. I think that this experience is good for us. I do not believe that it is good for us to be continually leaning upon one another, like those houses of which so many are being run up nowadays. If you took the end one away, they would all fall down! We want to be self-contained—not merely semi-detached, but altogether detached—so as to be able to stand by ourselves upon our own foundation.  God sometimes takes away a helper from us in order that we may learn to lean upon Him, only, and to go about our service in entire dependence upon the Master who is to derive Glory not only from the result of the service, but from the service itself.

It may do us good to talk a little while about our failures. I suppose that we have all had a good many. When some of you began your work for God, you thought that you were going to push the world before you and to drag the Church behind you—but  you have not done it yet. You fancied that you were going to convert everybody by your preaching, but, like Melancthon, you have had to say, “Old Adam is too strong for young Melancthon.” And you have been driven closer to God Continue reading

How Sweet To Wait

Today is a day of much sadness for me as I grieve with  two who are dear to me.  A husband and father has departed this life and stepped into eternity.  The manner makes so little sense, but God is sovereign.  The only words of encouragement I could offer was that while we can not understand the pain we go through, God’s purposes are much higher and we just have to trust Him.  So, on my way to work this morning this song really struck home and I wanted to share it.
Here are the Words:

How sweet to wait upon the Lord,
While he fulfils his gracious word;
To seek his face, and not in vain,
To be so loved, and love again!

Refrain:
Amen! Our hearts with rapture cry,
May we with reverence look so high;
Ascended Savior, fix our eyes,
By faith upon this glorious prize!

With this delightful prospect fired,
We’ll run, nor in thy ways be tired;
And all the trials here we see,
Will make us long to reign with thee.