I have recently read three of his sermons relating to the scripture Isaiah 28:24 to 29, which say
"When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil? When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is a cartwheel rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick. Grain must be ground to make bread;so one does not go on threshing it forever. Though he drives the wheels of his threshing cart over it, his horses do not grind it. All this comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom."
This scripture has really been on my mind lately. I have been pondering it. And Spurgeon is just the ticket for carrying the pondering farther.
That's the background.
Now for only the highest highlights from my readings. I may come back and give more info on each sermon in another few posts.
From The Ploughman (Remember, Spurgeon was British, so the spelling is British.)
- The ploughman perseveres. He keeps at his work until it is done.
- When the Holy Spirit brings a man to the place he is downright earnest in his praying, it won't be long before he finds peace.
- Keep your hand to the gospel plough. Continue in well-doing.
- Then, answer the question in negative. Ploughman doesn't only plough. He has other jobs.
From A Feast for Faith
- Prayer: Lord, work salvation in me. I will have nothing to do with my own merit or strength. I will be dead that Thou mayst live in me. I will be nothing. Be Thou my all in all.
- Sitting at Jesus' feet with Mary is the very best preparation for doing the work of Martha without being cumbered by it.
- Don't run ahead of the cloud that leads by day. Keep in pace with the Spirit.
- When we are content to wait on God's plan, it opens to us very wonderfully.
- When we do know God's plan, we must carry it out, for the same God who is "wonderful in counsel" is "excellent in working." (KJV).
- When you resolve to carry out God's plan, expect His singular assistance.
- Whenever there is the working of the sword of Joshua and the prayers of Moses, there will also be the almighty arm of God.
From The Principal Wheat
- "The wisdom of earth is a reflection of the light of heaven."
- God is the great teacher of agriculture and handicrafts.
- If God instructs in gardening, will He not much more instruct us in the "tillage of our lives", if we ask?
- The farmer knows what is the most important crop to cultivate and makes it his own.
- The farmer gives the principal thing the principal place.
- The farmer selects the best seed for sowing, not accepting mealy, moldy seeds.
- The farmer tends the principal crop with principal care.
- Do these things, because from your principal care you may expect your principal crop.
I would encourage you to read the entire sermons at the connecting link, if you get a chance. But even if you don't, I hope these notes will encourage and instruct you today.