Never let the promises rust!
“Never let the promises rust…He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is His delight to bestow favors. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God’s nature to keep His promises; therefore go at once to the throne with, ‘Do as thou has said.’”
I would not dare try to improve on what C. H. Spurgeon, this “Prince of Preachers,” has obviously experienced in his own life, but it must be shared! “God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside…He intended that they should be used. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him and say, ‘Lord, do as Thou has said.’ We glorify God when we plead His promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches He has promised? Do you imagine He will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? Our heavenly Banker delights to cash His own notes.”
Be bold and expectant in your asking! Jesus told us in Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” We have been given so great a treasure, lying in wait for the moment of need, and we cannot leave it to rust unused. When we understand that the motive of our Lord’s heart is pure love for us; great, abiding love that though we cannot fully fathom its greatness, nevertheless stands ready; it is then that we can let these promises overflow into us with peace deep in the soul. They are real, sure, and ours.