24 FEBRUARY (PREACHED 23 FEBRUARY 1873)
‘And praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you.’ Joel 2:26
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Daniel 4:1–4, 28–37
In the church we are permitted to expect wonders. We are too much in the habit of going to the assembly for worship, and sitting down and hearing sermons, and if half-a-dozen are converted we are astonished; but we ought to expect thousands to be converted! If the church ever has faith enough to expect great things, she will see great things.
When the church falls upon dark times and error mars her beauty, we may expect God to work wonders to purify and exalt her. In the darkest medieval times God found his witnesses, and when the light threatened to die out, then Luther came, a man raised up by God, and a train of glorious men followed behind him. Never tremble, never despair, never be afraid. ‘The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.’ We worship the God of wonders, ‘Who only doeth wondrous things.’ We have a Saviour of wonders; ‘his name shall be called Wonderful,’ and did not Peter call him ‘Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs’? Then the Holy Spirit also works wonders. He came at first with rushing wind and cloven tongues and miraculous gifts, and even now his wonders have not ceased: they have only become spiritual instead of physical, but the Spirit of God is working mightily now.
God has worked wonders for us, far beyond all human ability, wonders which we could not perform, wonders that we did not deserve, wonders that we could not have expected, wonders that we could not have imagined, wonders which even now that they have happened we cannot comprehend, and wonders for which we shall never be able to praise God sufficiently throughout eternity, though we spend our whole existence in wondering and adoring the wonder-working God! ‘How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders!’
FOR MEDITATION: All sorts and conditions of people have praised God for the wonders he has performed for them personally—David (Psalm 40:5), the Jews (Psalm 126:2–3), Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:2), the virgin Mary (Luke 1:49), the demoniac (Luke 8:39). ‘Consider how great things he hath done for you.’ (1 Samuel 12:24)
C. H. Spurgeon and Terence Peter Crosby, 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 3), (Leominster, UK: Day One Publications, 2005), 62.