By sundry miracles, by divers mercies, by strange deliverances,
Jehovah had proved Himself to be worthy of Israel's trust.
Yet they broke down the hedges
with which God had enclosed them
as a sacred garden;
they forsook their own true and living God,
and followed after false gods.
O true believer,
called by grace and washed
in the precious blood of Jesus,
thou hast tasted of better drink
than the muddy river of this world's pleasure
can give thee;
thou hast had fellowship with Christ;
thou hast obtained the joy of seeing Jesus,
and leaning thine head upon His bosom.
Do the trifles, the songs, the honors, the merriment
of this earth content thee after that?
Good Rutherford once said,
"I have tasted of Christ's own manna,
and it hath put my mouth out of taste
for the brown bread of this world's joys."
Methinks it should be so with thee.
The waters of Sihor may be sweet to the Egyptians,
but they will prove only bitterness to thee.
- Charles Spurgeon -