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    My soul is like a weaned child

    I was once conversing with a very excellent aged minister, and while we were talking about our Christian experience, he made the following confession: he said, “When I read that passage in the psalms, ‘My soul is like a weaned child,’ I wish it were true of me, but I think I would have to make an alteration in it, and then it would exactly describe me at times, ‘My soul is like a weaning rather than a weaned child,’ for,” said he, “with the infirmities of old age, I fear I get fretful and irritable, and anxious, and when the day is over I do not feel that I have been as calm, resigned, and trustful as I would desire.” I suppose, dear brethren, that frequently we have to make the same confession. We wish we were like a weaned child, but we find ourselves neglecting to walk by faith, and instead walk by the sight of our eyes, and then we get like the weaning child which is fretting and worrying, and unrestful. We experience this poor frame of mind especially when we want to know all the reasons of divine Providence, — why this affliction was sent, and why that. Why? Why? Why? Ah, when we begin asking “Why? why? why?” what an endless task we have before us. If we become like a weaned child we shall not ask “why?” but just believe that in our heavenly Father’s dispensations there is a wisdom too deep for us to fathom, a goodness veiled but certain. O dear friends, when you have been in sharp trials, when things have gone wrong for you, and, especially, if some beloved object of your heart’s affection is taken from you, then you have had a quarrel with your God! It is a very sad thing that we should ever argue with infinite love, or think that we know better than eternal wisdom, or begin to suspect the grace of the Most High. That lack of submission to God lies at the root of half our suffering. We must submit to him; it would be well for us if we did so at once. One of the highest acts of devotion is to rest in the Lord. God grant it to you now, at his table especially, for his name’s sake! Amen. - C.H. Spurgeon

    Posted by John Samson on August 5, 2006 02:46 AM

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