Apologetics: ə-pŏl'ə-jĕt'ĭks from the Greek απоλоγία Def: The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.

Saturday Selah . . .

Written By Esthermay Bentley-Goossen on 18 October 2008

He Gathers Us All
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"He shall gather the lambs with His arm."
--Isaiah 40:11

Our good Shepherd has in His flock a variety of experiences, some are strong in the Lord, and others are weak in faith, but He is impartial in His care for all His sheep, and the weakest lamb is as dear to Him as the most advanced of the flock.

Lambs are wont to lag behind, prone to wander, and apt to grow weary, but from all the danger of these infirmities the Shepherd protects them with His arm of power.

He finds new-born souls, like young lambs, ready to perish--He nourishes them till life becomes vigorous; He finds weak minds ready to faint and die--He consoles them and renews their strength.

All the little ones He gathers, for it is not the will of our heavenly Father that one of them should perish. What a quick eye He must have to see them all! What a tender heart to care for them all! What a far- reaching and potent arm, to gather them all!

In His lifetime on earth He was a great gatherer of the weaker sort, and now that He dwells in heaven, His loving heart yearns towards the meek and contrite, the timid and feeble, the fearful and fainting here below.

How gently did He gather me to Himself, to His truth, to His blood, to His love, to His church!

With what effectual grace did He compel me to come to Himself! Since my first conversion, how frequently has He restored me from my wanderings, and once again folded me within the circle of His everlasting arm!

The best of all is, that He does it all Himself personally, not delegating the task of love, but condescending Himself to rescue and preserve His most unworthy servant.

How shall I love Him enough or serve Him worthily?

I would fain make His name great unto the ends of the earth, but what can my feebleness do for Him?

Great Shepherd, add to Thy mercies this one other, a heart to love Thee more truly as I ought.

Saturday Selah is a new meme on Patricia’s blog, Typing One Handed. Here's the idea behind it:

Learning to be still takes practice. With that in mind, and in the spirit of the Titus 2 Woman, Saturdays are set aside to share how the Lord is teaching us to be still and know. . . .

My son's name is Shepard. We think and talk often about shepherds at our house. This week, the Lord used this devotional by Charles Spurgeon to teach and encourage and nudge me to be still and know. . .

1 comment:

Patricia said...

How is it that each time I read your blog, I am spurred on to some task?

Now I have to look through my boxes of books to find my copy of Morning and Evening devotions by Spurgeon. It was a high school graduation gift from my church in Okinawa, Japan.

I'd forgotten how well his words fit my need for devotional reading.

Well, I've got to grab some tissues, as the dust will have me sneezing and all while I visit the storage building. Thank you so much for this selah.

P.S. I had a little jump in my heart when I read your comment about your dh's resume. I've thought often how great it would be to have coffee and conversation with you in person.

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