We’re all familiar with this classic Simon and Garfunkel song, and sadly many of us are familiar with troubled water. In my quiet time this morning I was listing out all the things in my life right now that have made me sad. It seems my heart has felt sad for a while which led me to write it down. This little process is how God often speaks to my heart. I pour out my trouble in my journal, and He faithfully provides His perspective. This is usually what my sadness is lacking – an eternal perspective.
This morning was no different.
After filling two pages in my journal I sensed God leading me to read Charles Spurgeon’s Morning devotion for today. As is often the case, God met me and spoke to my troubled waters. He set my feet back on solid ground – His Word – and helped me continue moving forward.
How is your journey? Are you facing troubled waters? Are you feeling sad? Take some time to read this devotion, and then let God lift your spirit to soar with Him. He will help you to see life – your life – from His perspective. And it is always good!
“The king also himself passed over the brook Kidron.”
– 2 Samuel 15:23
David passed that gloomy brook when flying with his mourning company
from his traitor son. The man after God’s own heart was not exempt from
trouble, nay, his life was full of it. He was both the Lord’s Anointed,
and the Lord’s Afflicted. Why then should we expect to escape? At
sorrow’s gates the noblest of our race have waited with ashes on their
heads, wherefore then should we complain as though some strange thing
had happened unto us?
The KING of kings himself was not favoured with a more cheerful or
royal road. He passed over the filthy ditch of Kidron, through which
the filth of Jerusalem flowed. God had one Son without sin, but not a
single child without the rod. It is a great joy to believe that Jesus
has been tempted in all points like as we are. What is our Kidron this
morning? Is it a faithless friend, a sad bereavement, a slanderous
reproach, a dark foreboding? The King has passed over all these. Is it
bodily pain, poverty, persecution, or contempt? Over each of these
Kidrons the King has gone before us. “In all our afflictions he was
afflicted.” The idea of strangeness in our trials must be banished at
once and for ever, for he who is the Head of all saints, knows by
experience the grief which we think so peculiar. All the citizens of
Zion must be free of the Honourable Company of Mourners, of which the
Prince Immanuel is Head and Captain.
Notwithstanding the abasement of David, he yet returned in triumph to
his city, and David’s Lord arose victorious from the grave; let us then
be of good courage, for we also shall win the day. We shall yet with
joy draw water out of the wells of salvation, though now for a season
we have to pass by the noxious streams of sin and sorrow. Courage,
soldiers of the Cross, the King himself triumphed after going over
Kidron, and so shall you.