Firm in Faith

I love when readings from two different sources on two different days speak in unison.  Last night during Bible study, we read Isaiah 7:9.  Today, the morning devotional (though on a different verse) from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening series continued the discussion we had last night.

If you are not firm in faith,

you will not be firm at all.

— Isaiah 7:9

Where lies the secret strength of faith? It lies in the food it feeds
on; for faith studies what the promise is-an emanation of divine grace,
an overflowing of the great heart of God; and faith says, “My God could
not have given this promise, except from love and grace; therefore it
is quite certain his Word will be fulfilled.” Then faith thinketh, “Who
gave this promise?” It considereth not so much its greatness, as, “Who
is the author of it?” She remembers that it is God who cannot lie-God
omnipotent, God immutable; and therefore concludeth that the promise
must be fulfilled; and forward she advances in this firm conviction.
She remembereth, why the promise was given,-namely, for God’s glory,
and she feels perfectly sure that God’s glory is safe, that he will
never stain his own escutcheon, nor mar the lustre of his own crown;
and therefore the promise must and will stand. Then faith also
considereth the amazing work of Christ as being a clear proof of the
Father’s intention to fulfil his word. “He that spared not his own Son,
but freely delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also
freely give us all things?” Moreover faith looks back upon the past,
for her battles have strengthened her, and her victories have given her
courage. She remembers that God never has failed her; nay, that he
never did once fail any of his children. She recollecteth times of
great peril, when deliverance came; hours of awful need, when as her
day her strength was found, and she cries, “No, I never will be led to
think that he can change and leave his servant now. Hitherto the Lord
hath helped me, and he will help me still.” Thus faith views each
promise in its connection with the promise-giver, and, because she does
so, can with assurance say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life!”

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