Gems of Optimism
Charles Spurgeon preached the Gospel with great fervor and clarity. His legacy of sermons, books, devotionals, and other works are preserved for all to share and learn. Among his thousands of writings are these selections, gems of optimism, giving us the assurance of the promises of God.
Gems of Optimism by Charles Spurgeon:
It is by no means pleasant when reading an interesting article in your magazine to find yourself pulled up short with the ominous words, “to be continued.” Yet they are words of good cheer if applied to other matters. What a comfort to remember that the Lord’s mercy and lovingkindness is to be continued! Much as we have experienced in the long years of our pilgrimage, we have by no means outlived eternal love.
Providential goodness is an endless chain, a stream which follows the pilgrim, a wheel perpetually revolving, a star for ever shining, and leading us to the place where he is who was once a babe in Bethlehem. All the volumes which record the doings of divine grace are but part of a series to be continued. – Feathers for Arrows
Let us look for the silver which lines every cloud, and when we do not see it let us believe that it is there. – John Ploughman’s Pictures
It is no wonder that it is well with the believer when you consider that his greatest trouble is past. His greatest trouble was the guilt of sin. – Sermon 729, Cheering Words and Solemn Warnings
Say you to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him. – Isaiah 3:10, 11
We suffer for a moment that we may reign for ever. We stoop for a second that we may be lifted up world without end. We shall get back the seed-corn multiplied ten thousand times ten thousand, and we shall bless and magnify for ever and ever the glorious Sower who sowed such a harvest for us. The drift, the whole drift, and meaning of this sown light is just this—that the righteous have their best things yet to come. – Sermon 836, Sown Light
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. – Psalm 97:11
Ever since the Lord Jesus Christ saved me, I made up my mind to one thing, namely, that I should never meet another person who was harder to save than I. Somebody said to me once when I was a child, when it was very dark, and I was afraid to go out, “What are you afraid of? You won’t meet anything uglier than yourself.” Surely as to my spiritual condition that is true, I never did meet anything uglier than myself, and I never shall. – Sermon 1289, The Mouth Full and The Mouth Closed
And I will establish My Covenant with you; and you shall know that I am the Lord: That you may remember, and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I am pacified toward you for all that you have done, said the Lord God. – Ezekiel 16:62, 63
Is there nothing to sing about to-day? Then borrow a song from to-morrow; sing of what is yet to be. Is this world dreary? Then think of the next. – Sermon 2582, Alto and Bass
He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He has sent away empty. – Luke 1:53
There are some desponding, morbid, murmuring, ungrateful souls who find reasons for complaining everywhere, but a man of David’s spirit, on the contrary, sucks honey out of every flower and praises God in connection with everything. – Sermon 3417, Our Youth Renewed
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. – Psalm 103:5
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