3025. Fifteen Years After!

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No. 3025-53:61. A Sermon Delivered On Thursday Evening, February 11, 1869, By C. H. Spurgeon, At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

A Sermon Published On Thursday, January 31, 1907.

The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. {Job 1:21}

For other sermons on this text:

   {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 2457, “Job’s Resignation” 2458}

   {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 3025, “Fifteen Years After!” 3026}

   Exposition on Job 1:6-22 {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 2457, “Job’s Resignation” 2458 @@ "Exposition"}

   Exposition on Job 1 {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 3233, “God’s Firebrands” 3234 @@ "Exposition"}

1. Or, as some read it, “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” So that the text is not only concerning the past, but it may rightly be considered as relating to the present also. Some of the rarest pearls have been found in the deepest waters, and some of the choicest utterances of believers have come from them when God’s waves and billows have been made to roll over them. The fire consumes nothing but the dross, and leaves the gold all the purer. In Job’s cause, I may truly say, with regard to his position before God, he had lost nothing by all his losses, for what could be purer and brighter gold than this which gleams before us from our text, revealing his triumphant patience, his complete resignation, and his cheerful acquiescence to the divine will? “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

2. There are two points to which I ask your earnest attention while we meditate on this subject. The first is the exhortation drawn from the text, — learn to see the Lord’s hand in everything, in giving and in taking; and, secondly, — and this is a harder lesson, — learn to bless the Lord’s name in everything, in giving and in taking.


4. Our whole history seems to be divided, as our text divides itself, into a beholding of God’s hand in giving, and then a beholding of it in taking.

5. We are then, first of all, to behold God’s hand as a giving hand. If we are believers, all the comforts and mercies that we have are to be viewed by us as coming from the hand of our gracious Heavenly Father. Job confessed that the Lord had given him the camels, and the sheep, and the oxen, and that the Lord had given him his seven sons and three daughters; everything which he had ever possessed he considered as having been the gift of God. Job did not say, “I worked hard to obtain all that stock that I have now lost.” He did not complain, “I spent many weary days and many anxious nights in accumulating all those flocks and herds that have been stolen from me.” He did not ascribe any of his wealth either to his own wit or to his own industry, but he said of it all, “The Lord gave it to me.” In his mind’s eye, he took an inventory of all that he once had, and of all that he had lost, and he said of everything, “It was all the Lord’s gift to me.”

6. Now, beloved, whatever may be the possessions which you have at the present time, whatever may be the number of those who are the comfort of your life, — husband or wife, parents or children, relatives of any kind, — say of all of them, “The Lord gave them to me”; and, as a Christian, learn the wisdom of never ascribing any earthly comfort to any earthly source. The worldling may not always be able to say what Job said concerning his possessions. Some of what he has may not have been obtained honestly; the Lord did not give any of that to him. Some of what he has may turn out to be a curse rather than a blessing; but the believer in Christ may say, with the utmost truthfulness, with regard to all that he has, “It is all the gift of my loving and tender Heavenly Father.”

7. And, brethren, there is associated with this fact that all our possessions are God’s gifts, the memory that they are all undeserved gifts. They are gifts in the fullest sense of the word, the gifts of God’s grace. They are not given to us because we have merited them, for we have never deserved even the least of all the mercies which the Lord has so bountifully bestowed on us. We may say of the whole river of his favour, which flows continually side by side with us as we journey along the pathway of our pilgrimage, that there is not a drop of it which comes to us from debt or by law, but everything comes through the free gift of God’s grace. All that we have, over and above what would have been our portion in the pit of hell, is the gift of God’s mercy towards us. It is by the Lord’s mercy, and because his compassions do not fail, that we are not consumed. Every believer can truly say, with Job, “‘The Lord gave,’ yes, the Lord gave even to me, an unworthy one who sat as a beggar at his gate, and received from his own hand countless tokens of his infinite lovingkindness.”

8. And I may add, with regard to those gifts, that they have been given to us with wonderful kindness and thoughtfulness on God’s part. Some here, I think, will have to say that they have found themselves provided for by God’s anticipating their needs. He has gone before them in the way of his providence, and mysteriously cleared a path for them. Before they have felt the pinch of poverty, the pinch has been averted. There are others of God’s servants here, who have sometimes been brought very low, yet they can bear witness that, so far, their bread has always been given to them, and their waters have been certain; and while God’s mercy comes to us very sweetly when anticipating our need, there is equal sweetness if it comes when the need has been felt. No food is so palatable as what has hunger for its sauce. To know what it is to be poor, will make us more grateful if God ever gives us abundance. But time would fail me to tell all the love and care of God towards each one of us, every day of our lives, and to recount how he not only continues but even multiplies his favours. It is impossible for us to count them, for they are more in number than the hairs of our head, or the sand on the sea-shore, or the stars in the midnight sky. {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 3022, “God’s Innumerable Mercies.” 3023}

9. Now, since everything we have is freely and graciously given to us by God, this should make us feel, in the first place, that this truth sweetens all that we have. I daresay there is many a little thing in your house that is of no great value in itself, but it was given to you by someone who was very dear to you. How much a child values that Bible that was given to her by her mother, who wrote her name in it! Many a man has, in his house, things which an auctioneer would appraise at a very low value, but which the owner prizes very highly because they were given to him by someone whom he greatly esteemed, and who gave them to him as a token of his love. In the same way, look at the bread on the table of a believer as a love-token from God. The Lord gave it to him; and if there were on his table nothing but that bread, it would be a sign of God’s gracious condescension in providing for his needs. Let us learn to look like this at everything that we receive in this life, for such a view of it will sweeten it all. We shall not then begin to calculate whether we have as much as others have, or as much as our own whims or wishes might crave; but we shall recognise that all we have comes from the hand and heart of our Heavenly Father, and that it all comes to us as a sign of our Father’s love, and with our Father’s blessing resting on it.

10. This fact should also prevent any believer from acting dishonestly in his daily vocations, or even from wishing to obtain anything that is not his own by right. All of you, who belong to God, have what God has given you; be careful that you do not mix with it anything that the devil has given you. Do not go into any worldly enterprise, and seek to gain something concerning which you could not say, “The Lord my God gave it to me.” Men of the world will engage in such transactions, and they will say that you are not as sharp as you might be because you will not do the same. But you have a good reason for refusing to gain even a shilling on which you cannot ask God’s blessing. A sovereign, dishonestly procured, though it might gladden your eyes for a little while, and help to fill your purse, would certainly bring a curse with it, and you do not want that. You would not like to have to confess to yourself, concerning anything you possessed, “I dare not tell my Heavenly Father how I got it, though he knows; and I dare not ask his blessing on it, nor do I think that he would ever give it to me. He will probably turn it into a rod, and sharply scourge me for having dared to use such unholy means to get what I ought not to have even wished to possess.” Some of God’s people might have been very happy if they had not been greedy and grasping. He who hurries to be rich will soon find that he will fall into many snares and abundant temptations. It is an evil thing when people cannot be content although they have enough for all their needs, for even the world’s proverb says, that “enough is as good as a feast.” Yet many stretch out their arms, like wide-encircling seas, and try to grasp in them all the shore. Such people, sooner or later, begin to rob others right and left, and very many of them come down to poverty and the Bankruptcy Court, disgraced and dishonoured. Let it not be so with you, beloved, but be content with such things as you have, whether God gives you little or much; and, above all things, pray that you may have nothing but what he gives you, nothing in your house or shop but what comes in at the front door in the light of day, nothing but what may be seen coming in if any eye should be watching. That man is truly happy who can say of all his substance, whether little or much, “The Lord gave it to me.”

11. Further, since it is the Lord who gives us all the wealth that we possess, how very foolish are those people who are proud of possessing a little more of this world’s wealth than others have! There are some, who seem to be thoroughly intoxicated by the possession of a larger income than their neighbours enjoy. They even seem to imagine that they were made of better material than was used in the creation of ordinary mortals. Did not a broad grin appear on the faces of many aristocrats when someone said, in Parliament, that we were all made of the same flesh and blood? Of course, all those who were in their right senses, knew that it was true; but insanity in high places seemed to be moved to utter contempt at the mere mention of such a thing. When a man is poor, unless he has brought his poverty on himself by extravagance, or idleness, or his own wrong-doing, the man is a man for all that, and none the worse man for being poor. Indeed, some of the best of men have been as poor as their Lord was. I have known many, who have been very poor, yes who have been the excellent of the earth, in whom a true saint of God might well take delight. There always will be various ranks and conditions among men, and there is a certain respect which is due from one to another which should never be withheld where it is rightly due; but, at the same time, whenever a man begins to say that, because God has given him more than he has given to another, therefore he will despise his poorer brother and look down on him, it must be dishonouring and displeasing to God, and it is extremely likely that he will turn around, and make the proud man bite the dust. How often those, who have held their heads so very high, have been rolled in the mire, and how easily that might be made to come to pass with others!

12. A further inference arising out of this truth that God gives us all that we have, is that it ought never to be difficult for us to give back to God as much as we ever can. Since he has given us all that we have, it is only right that we should use it for his glory; and if, under the rule of his grace, and under the gospel, he does not so much claim a return from us as a matter of right, but leaves our generosities to be aroused by the love which constrains us, rather than by the law which compels us; yet let us not give God less because he gives us more. Under the old covenant, the Jew gave his tenth by compulsion, but let us willingly give to God more than that, and not need to be constrained to do it, except by the sweet constraint of love. Do I owe every penny that I have in this world to the bounty of God’s hand? Then, when God’s cause and God’s poor are in need, let no one have to beg from me to give to them. I always feel ashamed when I hear people say that we are “begging for God’s cause.” God’s cause has no need to be a beggar from those who would be beggars if it were not for God’s grace. Oh, no, no; it must never be so! We ought to be like the children of Israel in the wilderness, who gave so generously towards the building and furnishing of the tabernacle that Moses had to restrain their generosity, for they had already given “much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make.” Let us try to imitate the generosities which God has revealed toward us in the gift of his well-beloved Son, and in all the covenant blessings which come to us through him. All those who have received so much from God should consider it their privilege and delight to give back to him all that they can.

13. These reflections might suffice for this part of the subject, but I shall add one more. “The Lord gave”; — then we must worship the Giver, and not his gifts. How can we so degrade ourselves as to worship what God has given to us? Yet you know that many make idols of their gold, their lands, their husbands, their wives, their children, or their friends. It is no unusual thing for a little child to be the god of the family; and wherever that is the case, there is a rod laid up in store in that house. You cannot make idols of your children without finding out, sooner or later, that God makes them into rods with which he will punish you for your idolatry. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols,” was the injunction of the loving apostle John, and he wrote this in love, because he knew that, if God sees us making idols of anything, he will either break our idols or break us. If we really are his people, he will, in some way or other, wean us from our idols, for he wants our love to be given entirely to him; so it is best for us to keep the creature in its right place, and never to let the joys or comforts of this life usurp God’s rightful position in our hearts. God has been pleased to form the world so that it should always be under our feet; and, as Christians, we should always keep it there. The dearest thing we have on earth should always be estimated by us at its proper value as a gift from God but as nothing more than that; and never be allowed to occupy our heart’s throne, which should always be reserved for the Lord alone.

14. But now we are to think, for a while, of the Lord’s hand taking away from us as well as giving to us. Job said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away.” Some of you have come to this service very sad and heavy-hearted because that dear child of yours is dead. Well, I do not blame you for sorrowing over your loss, but please also remember that it is the Lord who has taken your child away from you. You say that it was the fever that took away your dear one, and perhaps that was the immediate cause of your child’s death; but if you can understand that the fever was only the instrument in God’s hand to remove the dear little one from your care to his own, surely you will dry your tears. And as for that substance of yours, which has almost melted away under the fiery trial to which it has been subjected, so that poverty now seems to stare you in the face, you will be able to bear even that when you remember that it is the Lord’s hand that has taken away what his hand had first given.

15. As long as we look at the secondary causes of our trouble, we see reasons for sorrow; but when our faith can pierce the veil, and see the Great First Cause, then our comfort begins. If you strike a dog with a stick, he will try to bite the stick, because he is a dog; but if he knew better, he would try to bite you, and not the stick. Yet that is the way that we often act with the troubles that come to us; we fly at the second causes, and so are angry and petulant with them; but if we would always remember that it is God who takes away, as well as God who gives; — that he is behind all our trials and troubles; — that his hand weighs out our share of grief, and measures our portion of pain, then we should not dare to rebel and bewail; but, like David, we should say, “I was dumb, I did not open my mouth; because you did it”; even if we could not get up even higher, and say, with Job, “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

16. Further, when once we know that God has done anything, that fact forbids any question concerning it. It must be right because he did it. I may not be able to tell why, but God knows why he did it. He may not tell me the reason; but he has a reason, for the Lord never acted unreasonably. There never was any action of his, however sovereign or autocratic it might appear to be, but was done “according to the counsel of his own will.” Infinite wisdom dictates what absolute sovereignty decrees. God is never arbitrary, or tyrannical. He does as he wills, but he always wills to do what is not only most for his own glory, but also most for our real good. How dare we question anything that God does?

17. My dear sister, rest assured that it is better that you should be a widow, and seek to glorify God in your widowhood. My dear young friend, believe that it is better that you should be an orphan; otherwise, God would not have taken away your parents. It is better that you, dear friends, should lose your eyes; it is better that you should be poor, or diseased, or else the Lord would not let you be so, for “no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” If health and wealth were good things for you, God would let you have them. If it were a good thing for saints never to die, they never would die. If it were a good thing for them to go to heaven at once, they would go there at once. If you are walking uprightly, you my know that you have all things, which, all things considered, would be good for you. Some things, which might be good in themselves, or good for others, might not be good for you; and, therefore, the Lord in love withholds them from you. But, whatever he gives, or takes away, or withholds, raise no questions concerning it, but let it be sufficient for you that the Lord has done it.

18. Besides, when we know that the Lord takes away our possessions, the knowledge that they are his effectively prevents us from complaining. Suppose you are a steward to a certain nobleman, and that his lordship has been pleased to entrust you with ten thousand pounds of his money. Eventually, he withdraws it from your charge, and invests it somewhere else. Well, it never was your money; you might have complained if it had been. But you are only a steward, and if your lord pleases to withdraw his own money, are you going be angry with your master because he does what he wishes with his own money? Suppose you have a banker, — and we are, as it were, the Lord’s bankers, — and suppose that, a week or two ago, you paid into the bank a thousand pounds, or more, and the clerks or those in authority were pleased to take charge of your money. But suppose that you went to the bank today, and drew it all out; they did not get angry with you. You would not like to have a banker who was only civil to you when you were depositing money; and if we are God’s bankers, he sometimes puts his treasure into our keeping, and sometimes takes it out; but it is not our treasure any more than our money is the banker’s when we entrust it to his care. It is on deposit with us, and we ought to be paying to God good interest on it. Whatever God has given to us, he never gave it as our own freehold. It was always on a lease; — a lease, too, that had to be renewed every moment; for, if God chose to cancel it, he could do so whenever he pleased. How dare we then complain?

19. To use another illustration, our position is like that of a nurse, into whose care a mother placed her babe, and the nurse dandled the child, and was glad to have the charge of him; but when she had to return him to his mother, she cried over the loss of the little darling. Yet he was not the nurse’s child, given to her to keep; he was only hers to nurse. So it was with your children whom God has taken home to himself; they were not yours to keep. The Lord put each one of them, for a while, into your charge, and said to you, “Christian mother, take this child, and nurse him for me, and I will pay you your wages”; so, when he called the child back to himself, why should you complain as though he had wronged you? Or, to use another illustration, which has been frequently employed in this context, — a gardener had been especially careful in tending one particular rose, which was very fair to look at; but, when he went, one morning, to his favourite rose bush, he found that the flower, of which he had taken such care, was gone. He was very vexed, for he thought that some bad boy had stolen into the garden, and taken away his best flower. He was complaining very bitterly of his loss, when someone said, “The master has been down in the garden this morning, and he has been admiring this rose bush, and he has taken away that fine bud of which you were so proud.” Then the gardener was delighted that he had been able to grow a flower that had attracted his master’s notice; and, instead of mourning any longer, he began to rejoice. So, it should be with anything on which we have set our hearts. Let each one of us say to our Master, “My Lord, if it pleases you to take it, it pleases me to lose it. Why should I complain because you have taken from me, what is really your own?

   If thou shouldest call me to resign

   What most I prize, — it ne’er was mine;

   I only yield thee what was thine:

      Thy will be done!”

20. II. The second part of my discourse must be briefer than the first part, yet it is equally important. It is this, LEARN TO BLESS THE LORD’S NAME IN EVERYTHING. Learn to ring the bells of his praise all day long; and, for that matter, all night long too.

21. First, bless the name of the Lord when he reveals his hand in giving. “Ah!” you say, “that is an easy thing to do.” So it ought to be, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and it is a neglect of our duty when we do not do it. We come down to our breakfast in the morning, rejoicing in health and strength, and we go out to our day’s engagements, but, I hope not without thankfulness that we are in health, and that we have food to eat, and clothing to wear. We are out all day, and things prosper with us, but I trust that we do not accept all this as a matter of course, but that we praise the Lord for it all the day long; and then, when we go home again at night, and God is still with us, I hope we do not fall asleep before we praise him again. John Bunyan used to say that the very chickens shame us if we are ungrateful, for they do not take a drink of water without lifting up their heads, as if in thankfulness for the refreshing draught. If we, who are the Lord’s children, do not bless him for the mercies which so constantly come to us from him, we are of all people the most ungrateful. Oh, for a grateful frame of mind, for I am sure that is a happy frame of mind. Those who are determined to murmur, and to complain about God’s dealings with them, are sure to find plenty of things to complain about; while those who are of a thankful spirit will see reasons and occasions for gratitude in everything that happens. Do you remember a touching story, told some years ago, of a poor mother with her two little fatherless children? On a cold winter’s night, they discovered an empty house, into which they went for shelter. There was an old door standing by itself, and the mother took it, placed it across a corner of the room, and told the children to creep behind it so as to get a little protection from the cold wind. One of the children said, “Oh mother, what will those poor children do that have not got any door to set up to keep out the wind?” That child was grateful even for such a poor shelter as that; yet there are some, who have thousands of greater blessings than that, and yet do not see God’s hand in them, and do not praise him for them. If that has been the case with any of us, let us turn over a new leaf, and ask God to rule it with music lines, and then let us put notes of thanksgiving on them, and say to the Lord, with David, “Every day I will bless you; and I will praise your name for ever and ever”; or say, with one of our old poets, — 

   My God, I’ll praise thee while I live,

   And praise thee when I die,

   And praise thee when I rise again,

   And to eternity.

22. Praising God is one of the best ways of keeping away murmuring. Praising God is like paying a peppercorn rent {b} for our occupation of our earthly tenement. {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 3021, “Landlord and Tenant” 3022} When the rent is not paid, the owners generally turn the tenants out, and God might well do so with us if he were like earthly landlords. If we are not grateful to him for all the bounties which we constantly receive from him, he may make the stream to stop, and then what should we do? Ungrateful mind, beware of this great danger! Thankfulness is one of the easiest virtues for anyone to practise, and certainly it is one of the cheapest; so let all Christians especially comply with the apostolic injunction, “Be thankful.” It is a soul-enriching thing to be thankful. I am sure that a Christian man, with gratitude for a small income, is really richer than the man who lives a graceless life, and is plentifully endowed with worldly wealth. David spoke truly when he said, “A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.” So, let others do as they wish, we say, “Give us, Lord, whatever you wish, whether it is little or much, as long as you do give with it the light of your countenance, our souls shall be abundantly contented.”

23. So we are to bless the name of the Lord for all that he gives us.

24. But, it is a much more difficult thing to bless the name of the Lord for what he takes away from us; yet, difficult as it is, I venture to say that many believers, who have forgotten to praise God while he was giving to them, have not forgotten to praise him when he was taking away from them. I do not know how thankful Job had been before this trying period in his life, but I do know that his trials brought out this expression of his thankfulness; it is his first recorded praise to God. Some of us need to lie a little while on a sick-bed in order to make us thankful for having had good health for so long; and we need to be brought low, and to have our spirits depressed, in order to make us grateful that we have had such cheerful spirits, and been blessed with so many comforts. It is not natural or easy for flesh and blood to praise God for what he takes away; yet this painful experience often wakes up the gratitude of the Christian, and he who forgot to praise the Lord before makes up for it now.

25. Brethren, praise is God’s due when he takes as well as when he gives, for there is as much love in his taking as in his giving. The kindness of God is quite as great when he strikes us with his rod as when he kisses us with the kisses of his mouth. If we could see everything as he sees it, we should often perceive that the kindest possible thing he can do to us is what appears to us to be unkind. A child came home from the common {c} with her lap full of brightly shining berries. She seemed very pleased with what she had found, but her father looked frightened when he saw what she had gotten, and anxiously asked her, “Have you eaten any of those berries?” “No, father,” replied the child, to his great relief; and then he said to her, “Come with me into the garden”; and there he dug a hole, put the berries in, stamped on them, and crushed them, and then covered them with earth. All this while, the little one thought, “How unkind father is to take away these things which pleased me so much!” But she understood the reason for it, when he told her that the berries were so poisonous that, if she had eaten even one of them, she would in all probability have died as a result. In the same way, sometimes, our comforts turn to poison, especially when we begin to make idols of them; and it is kind on the part of God to stamp on them, and put them right away from us, so that no mischief may come to our souls. Surely that child said, “Thank you, father, for what you have done; it was love that made you do it”; and you also, believer, can say, “Thank God for my sickness, for my poverty, for that dead child of mine, for my widowhood, for my orphanhood, — thank God for it all. It would have been ruinous to me to have left me unchastened. Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now I have kept his word. Blessed be his name for all that he has done, both in giving and in taking away.”

26. It is a grand thing when we do not judge God’s dealings with us simply by the rules of reason. From the first moment when the love of God is revealed to us, right on to the hour when we shall be in the presence of the Father in glory, we may depend on it that there is infinite love in every act of God in taking from us, just as much as in giving to us. Jesus said to his disciples, “Just as the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.” The Father always loved Jesus with infinite love, — he loved him as much when he was on the cross as he did when he was on his throne. And, in the same way, Jesus always loves us with an unchanging love, — a love which can never fail us. He loves us as much in the furnace of affliction as he will love us when we shall be with him in glory; so let us bless his name, whether he gives or takes away. I invite every mourning soul here to bless God’s name at this moment.

27. “Ah!” one says, “I wish I could get a little more happiness to sustain me under my many trials.” Well, let me just remind you of the poor widow woman who went out to gather a few sticks to make a fire, so that she might bake some cakes for herself and her son. When the prophet Elijah met her, what did he say to her? He told her to make him a little cake first, and afterwards, he added, “‘make for you and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, "The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth."’ And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her household, ate for many days. And the barrel of meal was not exhausted, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke by Elijah.” Notice that he said to the woman, “Make me a little cake first”; and God seems to say to you, “Praise me first, and then I will bless you.” Say, as Job did a little later in his life, “Though he kills me, yet I will trust in him.” I believe it marks the turn of the tide, with a saint, when he can say to the Lord, with good old John Ryland, — 

   Thee, at all times, will I bless;

   Having thee, I all possess.

The sky soon begins to clear when the Christian begins to say, “The Lord’s will be done”; “not as I will, but as you will.” This is a sign that the chastisement has had its due effect; the rod will probably be put away now. You mourning souls, take down your harps from the willows and sound out at least a note or two to the praise of the Lord your God. Praise him with such notes as these: “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. … I will not fret myself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. … Oh my God, I believe that all things are working together for my good, and that you are my gracious Heavenly Father, full of compassion, and overflowing with love.” If you talk like this, Christian, and mean what you say, it will be a blessing to you, a comfort to others, and an honour to your God.

28. As I speak like this, I am reminded that these comforting truths belong only to true believers; and as I send you away, I dare not put the words of my text into all your mouths, for, alas! some of you cannot see our Father’s hand in anything that happens to you. You are without a parent, except that wicked one of whom Christ said to the Jews, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do.” Yet, remember, you who cannot claim God as your Father, that the door of his grace is not yet shut. He is still willing to receive you; if you will come to him, confessing your sins, and seeking mercy through the precious blood of Jesus, he is both able and willing to give you a new heart, and a right spirit, to save you here and now, and to adopt you at once into his family. Then you will also be able to see his hand both in giving and in taking away, and you also will learn to bless his name at all times. If God the Lord shall deal graciously with you, his shall be the praise for ever and ever. Amen.

{a} This title has been selected in order to call special attention to the fact that the Sermon is published exactly fifteen years after the beloved preacher was “called home” on January 31st, 1892. The subject is as very appropriate for the anniversary of that never-to-be-forgotten period as the Sermons which were issued at the time of Mr. Spurgeon’s death and funeral: — 

   {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 2242, “God’s Will about the Future” 2243}

   {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 2243, “His Own Funeral Sermon” 2244}

   {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 2244}, “Members of Christ” 2245}

   {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 2245}, “Living, Loving, Lasting Union” 2246}

{b} Peppercorn rent: A very small, insignificant, trivial rent. OED.
{c} Common: A common land or estate; the undivided land belonging to the members of a local community as a whole. Hence, often, the patch of unenclosed or “waste” land which remains to represent that. OED.

The illustration of Mr. Spurgeon is represented as he sat in his study at “Westwood” not long before his fatal illness. Just behind his head stood the choicely-bound volumes which comprised a complete “set” of the New Park Pulpit Street Pulpit and the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit; but a “set” of volumes today contains half as many again as when the photograph was taken. Nearly 800 sermons have been issued since Mr. Spurgeon was “called home” in 1892, and the publishers still have so large a supply of manuscripts that have never been published that they will be able to continue the series for several years to come. They will be glad to hear from any friends who will unite with them in helping to honour the beloved preacher’s memory by scattering his Sermons more widely than ever. Address — Messers. Passmore and Alabaster, Paternoster Buildings, London, E. C. See Picture Volume 53 Page 67 53067

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