Daily Devotions with Spurgeon: 8th October

Never Alone

You shall no longer be termed Forsaken. (Isaiah 62:4)

An abyss of misery yawns in that word forsaken. Forsaken by one who pledges his honour! Forsaken by a friend so long tried and trusted! Forsaken by a dear relative! Forsaken by all! This is woe indeed, and yet it may be patiently borne if the Lord will take us up.

What must it be to feel forsaken of God? Think of that bitterest of cries, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Have we ever in any degree tasted the gall of “forsaken” in that sense? If so, let us beseech our Lord to save us from any repetition of so unspeakable a sorrow. May such darkness may never return!

The reverse of all this is that superlative word Hephzibah “the Lord delights in you.” This turns weeping into dancing. Let those who dreamed that they were forsaken hear the Lord say, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

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