Credo #67: Don’t waste your desert

Posted: February 5, 2010 in Credo, For brothers

This depression comes over me whenever the Lord is preparing a larger blessing for my ministry; the cloud is black before it breaks, and overshadows before it yields its deluge of mercy. Depression has now become to me as a prophet in rough clothing, a John the Baptist, heralding the nearer coming of my Lord’s richer benison. So have far better men found it. The scouring of the vessel has fitted it for the Master’s use. Immersion in suffering has preceded the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Fasting gives an appetite for the banquet. The Lord is revealed in the backside of the desert, while his servant keepeth the sheep and waits in solitary awe. The wilderness is the way to Canaan. The low valley leads to the towering mountain. Defeat prepares for victory.

C.H. Spurgeon

The Minister’s Fainting Fits, Lectures to My Students, Lecture XI, 1856.

  1. A timely word of reinforcement and confirmation of what I have come to believe. Thanks SXM. The people of God must claim their Walk In the Wilderness just like the Israelites. I have been in some difficult seasons and have stumbled, fumbled, and crawled … in the middle of nowhere where the horizons before me and after me looked the same.

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