Over the last couple of years, it became apparent that my health was suffering significantly each time I would leave my house to go anywhere. The resulting illness that lasted for several days was a strong motivator to simply stay home instead of participate in my previous activities. As my world gradually grew smaller, I thought it would become easier to keep my mind on things above (Colossians 3:2). I thought there would be fewer sinful distractions. How wrong I was.
From Charles Spurgeon’s Verse Exposition on Job 19
See the gardener going up to that beautiful tree. He takes out a sharp knife, feels its edge to be sure that it is keen, and then he begins pruning it here, gashing it there, and making it to bleed in another place, as if he were going to cut it all to pieces. Yet all that is not because he has any anger against the tree; but, on the contrary, because he greatly values it, and wishes it to bring forth more fruit than it has ever done. Do not think that God’s sharpest knife means death to His loved ones; it means more life, and a richer, fuller life.
All quotes are from “Concerning Death” by Charles Spurgeon
What are the times when men are able to speak of death quietly and happily? Sometimes they do so in periods of great bodily suffering. I have on several occasions felt everything like fear of dying taken from me simply by the process of weariness, for I could not wish to lie any longer in such pain as I then endured, and I have no doubt that such an experience is common among sufferers from acute disorders. The sons and daughters of affliction are not only trained to await the Lord’s will, but they are even driven to desire to depart; they would sooner rest from so stern a struggle than continue the fierce conflict. It is well that pain and anguish should cut the ropes which moor us to these earthly shores that we may spread our sails for a voyage to the Better Land. Oh, what a place heaven must be to those whose bones have worn through their skin through long lying upon the bed of anguish!
From “The Fair Portrait of a Saint” by Charles Spurgeon
Do you treasure up what God has spoken? Do you study the Word? Do you read it? Oh, how little do we search it compared with what we ought to do. Do you meditate on it? Do you suck out its secret sweets? Do you store up its essence as bees gather the life-blood of flowers and hoard up their honey for winter food? Bible study is the metal that makes a Christian. This is the strong meat on which holy men are nourished. This is that which makes the bone and sinew of men who keep God’s way in defiance of every adversary. God spoke to Job and Job treasured up His words.
From “Cheer Up, My Comrades!” by Charles Spurgeon
Now, I want to encourage you first by reminding you that the law of the Son of David is the same as the law of David himself and you know the law of David about those that went to the battle. There were some that were lame and some that were otherwise incapable of action and he left them with the baggage. “There,” he said, “you are very weary and ill—stay in the camp—take care of the tents and the ammunition while we go and fight.”
Now, it happened once on a time that the men that went to fight claimed all the spoil. They said, “These people have done nothing. They have been lying in the trenches—they shall not carry off a share of the booty.” But King David then and there made a law that they should share and share equally—those that were in the trenches and those that engaged in the fray. “As his part is that goes down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarries by the stuff—they shall share alike. And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel (1 Samuel 30:24).”
Nor is the law of the Son of David less gracious. If by sickness you are detained at home—if for any other reason, such as age or infirmity, you are not able to enter into actual service—yet if you are a true soldier and would fight if you could and your heart is in it, you shall share even with the best and bravest of those who, clad in the panoply of God, encounter and grapple with the adversary.
From “A Miniature Portrait of Joseph” by Charles Spurgeon
The truly godly man is ready for anything – he does not sigh for place, but accepts the state in which he is found – and does good it in, for the Lord’s sake. The Lord was with Joseph, none the less, when he was cast into the prison. Joseph knew God was with him in prison, and therefore he did not sit down sullenly in his sorrow, but he bestirred himself to make the best of the afflicted condition.
…Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Oh, how I want to do that! But, how do I?
Over the years, my understanding of the gift of salvation that I received from Christ has grown. It started as acceptance of the fact that I am a sinner in need of a savior, and that Jesus is the only one capable of being the sacrifice to pay for my sins. The relief I felt when I first accepted this at the age of 34 was tremendous. However, I have gradually come to understand how He is enough for me on a daily basis as I have experienced many losses over the years.
Most recently, physical disabilities have drastically reduced my contact with people since I am mostly homebound. A year ago, I had started training to be a Biblical counselor, but I have found that I can’t commit to be physically present for a person. I am extremely sensitive to perfumes and fragrances from laundry detergents, dryer sheets, makeup, shampoo, etc. which cause me to be sick with vertigo and migraines for several days following exposure.
Around the time that I realized what was making me so sick, I suddenly had a desire to write a book. The words just poured out of me even though writing had never been a strong ability of mine. All of what I had learned from several years of being sick with vertigo, migraines, and insomnia was there…on paper…and it felt so good to think that someone else might benefit by seeing how God had been faithful to me through it all. He has taught me so much through trials, and I wanted to comfort someone else as I had been comforted (2 Corinthians 1:4). Attempts to get this book published have been challenging, causing me to wonder if there might be a different way for me to fulfill my part of the Great Commission.
My desire is to share with you, my friend and reader, what I am learning as I study the Bible. When I was first saved, I found it difficult to be excited about study; maybe, I didn’t know where to start, but start I did. I have found such treasures as I have dug deeper and deeper. Sometimes, I even find diamonds where I only saw pearls the first time around. Sermons from people like Charles Spurgeon spark deep thoughts about what I read in Scripture, and I’m so eager to share these with someone. What a blessing it is to have technology to help with this commission; I pray that something I share will be an encouragement to you as I attempt to point you to the True Treasure.