Paul N. F. (27 July 2012)


By Charles E. Spurgeon

'lt is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man.'  ­Psalm 118:8

    Doubtless the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things
which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God.  Christians often
look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their reliance
upon their God.

    Does this portion meet the eye of a child of God anxious about temporals, then
would we reason with him awhile.  You trust in Jesus, and only in Jesus, for your
salvation, then why are you troubled? 'Because of my great care.' Is it not written,
'Cast thy burden upon the Lord'?  'Be careful for nothing, but in everything by
prayer and supplication make known your wants unto God.' Cannot you trust God
for temporals?

    'Ah! I wish I could.' If you cannot trust God for temporals, how dare you trust
Him for spirituals?  Can you trust Him for your soul's redemption, and not rely upon
Him for a few lesser mercies?  Is not God enough for thy need, or is His all-sufficiency
too narrow for thy wants?  Dost thou want another eye beside that of Him who sees
every secret thing?  Is His heart faint?  Is His arm weary?  If so, seek another God;
but if He be infinite, omnipotent, faithful, true, and all-wise, why gaddest thou abroad
so much to seek another confidence?

    Why dost thou rake the earth to find another foundation, when this is strong enough
to bear all the weight which thou canst ever build thereon?  Christian, mix not only thy
wine with water, do not alloy thy gold of faith with the dross of human confidence.
Wait thou only upon God, and let thine expectation be from Him. Covet not Jonah's
gourd, but rest in Jonah's God.  Let the sandy foundations of terrestrial trust be the
choice of fools, but do thou, like one who foresees the storm, build for thyself an
abiding place upon the Rock of Ages.

Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.