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Men and Women of Faith: Spurgeon’s Response to Tragedy


“For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.” Psalm 91:5-8

As we delve into the mighty words of Spurgeon, on the happenings of the great Cholera outbreak of 1854 in London, we are happily reminded of our many blessings. Compared to the tragedies that have struck mankind, with our current ‘crises’ we have scarcely known the heartbreak that most humanity has known.
May we take to heart, bravely, as David, Joshua, and Caleb did. When the naysayers shouted the negativity, the impossibility, the doom, the giants; the great men of faith shouted only His miracles, His greatness, His provision, His care for His children. There are 365 proclamations of “fear not” in the bible, one for each day of the year, plenty to supply. May we shine as we are called to in these times, with bravery and kindness and do not as the Israelites and give into fear, mumbling, and complaining. Let’s look at the attitude of one of the great men of faith, in a time deadlier than our own:

“In the year 1854, when I had scarcely been in London twelve months, the neighborhood in which I labored was visited by Asiatic cholera, and my congregation suffered from its inroads. Family after family summoned me to the bedside of the smitten, and almost every day I was called to visit the grave.
All day, and sometimes all night long, I went about from house to house, and saw men and women dying, and, oh, how glad they were to see my face! When many were afraid to enter their houses lest they should catch the deadly disease, we who had no fear about such things found ourselves most gladly listened to when we spoke of Christ and of things divine.
At first, I gave myself up with youthful ardor to the visitation of the sick, and was sent for from all corners of the district by persons of all ranks and religions; but, soon, I became weary in body, and sick at heart. My friends seemed falling one by one, and I felt or fancied that I was sickening like those around me. A little more work and weeping would have laid me low among the rest; I felt that my burden was heavier than I could bear, and I was ready to sink under it.
I was returning mournfully home from a funeral, when, as God would have it, my curiosity led me to read a paper which was wafered up in a shoemaker’s window in the Great Dover Road. It did not look like a trade announcement, nor was it, for it bore, in a good bold handwriting, these words: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
The effect upon my heart was immediate. Faith appropriated the passage as her own. I felt secure, refreshed, girt with immortality. I went on with my visitation of the dying, in a calm and peaceful spirit; I felt no fear of evil, and I suffered no harm. The Providence which moved the tradesman to place those verses in his window, I gratefully acknowledge; and in the remembrance of its marvelous power, I adore the Lord my God. “Rather, the Christian “need not dread sickness, for he has nothing to lose, but everything to gain, by death.””

Spurgeon source:

Songs of Revival: Shut in with God
Prevailing in Prayer


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