Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Roll Your Troubles to God

I have recently been reading a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon entitled "How to Keep the Heart." I want to share an excerpt with anyone who reads this blog and I encourage you to encourage others on this matter as well. I am sure we all know someone who is anxious about something if we ourselves are not. The content of the sermon is an exegesis of Philippians 4:7 and the surrounding verses. In his sermon, Spurgeon devotes a section to how "the peace of God which passeth all understanding" is obtained. Here is one of the precepts (as described by Spurgeon himself) that he says is a requirement for obtaining that peace as is found in verse six of the aforementioned passage:

"The last precept that you have to obey is, 'be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication make known your requests unto God.' You cannot have peace unless you turn your troubles up. You have no place in which to pour your troubles except the ear of God. If you tell them to your friends, you but put your troubles out a moment, and they will return again. If you tell them to God, you put your troubles into the grave; they will never rise again when you have committed them to him. If you roll your burden anywhere else it will roll back again, just like the stone of Sysiphus ; but just roll your burden unto God, and you have rolled it into a great deep, out of which it will never by any possibility rise. Cast your troubles where you have cast your sins; you have cast your sins into the depth of the sea, there cast your troubles also. Never keep a trouble half an hour on your own mind before you tell it to God. As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father.

Remember, that the longer you take telling your trouble to God, the more your peace will be impaired. The longer the frost lasts, the more thick the ponds will be frozen. Your frost will last till you go to the sun; and when you go to God--the sun, then your frost will soon become thaw, and your troubles will melt away. But do not be long, because the longer you are in waiting, the longer will your trouble be in thawing afterwards. Wait a long while till your trouble gets frozen thick and firm, and it will take many a day of prayer to get your trouble thawed again. Away to the throne as quick as ever you can.

Do as the child did when he ran and told his mother as soon as his little trouble happened to him; run and tell your Father the first moment you are in affliction. Do this in everything, in every little thing--'in everything by prayer and supplication make known your wants unto God.' Take your husbands head-ache, take your children's sicknesses, take all things, little family troubles as well as great commercial trials--take them all to God, pour them all out at once. And so by an obedient practice of this command in everything making known your wants unto God, you shall preserve that peace 'which shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.'"

The other two precepts that Spurgeon says are paramount to maintaining the peace that surpasses all understanding are rejoicing (Php. 4:4) and letting our reasonableness or moderation be known to everyone(Php. 4:5).

Remember, the Lord is at hand and that is NO SMALL MATTER!