Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sunday Spurgeon

But if I give myself to the Holy Spirit and ask His guidance, there is no fear of my wandering.

Again—we rejoice in this Spirit because He is ever-present. We fall into a difficulty sometimes. We say, “Oh, if I could take this to my minister, he would explain it. But I live so far off and am not able to see him.” That perplexes us and we turn the text round and round and cannot make anything out of it. We look at the commentators. We take down pious Thomas Scott and, as usual he says nothing about it if it is a dark passage. Then we go to holy Matthew Henry and if it is an easy Scripture, he is sure to explain it. But if it is a text hard to be understood, it is likely enough, of course, left in its own gloom. And even Dr. Gill himself, the most consistent of commentators, when he comes to a hard passage manifestly avoids it in some degree.

But when we have no commentator or minister, we have still the Holy Spirit. And let me tell you a little secret—whenever you cannot understand a text, open your Bible, bend your knee and pray over that text. And if it does not split into atoms and open itself, try again. If prayer does not explain it, it is one of the things God did not intend you to know and you may be content to be ignorant of it. Prayer is the key that opens the cabinets of mystery. Prayer and faith are sacred picklocks that can open secrets and obtain great treasures. There is no college for holy education like that of the blessed Spirit, for He is an everpresent Tutor to whom we have only to bend the knee, and He is at our side, the great Expositor of Truth.

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