Is there anything that brings more joy to your heart than hearing the story of one who has been found by Christ? If you are like me, it blesses you from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Today’s devotional is just such a testimony and is the story of the man whose quotes make of many of these devotional. Read and savor! God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Isaiah 45:22 English Standard Version (ESV)
22 “Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
“…I cannot forget one blessed, blessed day. The snowflakes fell thick and heavy that morning, and I was going, according to my wont, to a certain very respectable place of worship, where I should hear a very respectable minister, who might have left me in my misery to this day. But it was too cold, and the snow was too deep, for me to go so far; so I turned into the little Primitive Methodist Chapel in Colchester, and sat there feeling that I was going down to the pit, although I was sitting in the house of God to hear the gospel. The clock of mercy struck in heaven the hour and moment of my deliverance, for the time had come. Thus had the eternal purpose of Jehovah decreed it; and when the preacher opened the Book, and gave out his text, ‘Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else;’ and when he began to cry in simple terms, ‘Look! It is all you have to do; look out of yourself, and away from yourself, and look to Christ; not to forms, and ceremonies, or works, or feelings, but look to what Christ has done,’ I did look, and in that moment went out this word, ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit,’ and I was delivered. For, as the moment before there was none more wretched than I was, so, within that second, there was none more joyous. It took no longer time than does the lightning-flash; it was done, and never has it been undone. I looked, and lived, and leaped in joyful liberty as I beheld sin punished upon the great Substitute, and put away forever from all those who will only trust him. That is what looking to Christ means, trusting in his one great sacrifice. O dear friends, I do pray the Lord to speak in great grace concerning some of you, and to say, ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit.’ You may think that, when I speak like this, there is some of the excitement of enthusiasm about my language; but I reckon that I talk cold icicles about a thing that is hotter than the furnace. Oh, the blessedness, the joy, the exquisite peace, the overflowing felicity of believing in Christ!”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIII, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1897), p. 91]