I’m now out in Anaheim, CA for another library conference, ALA (American Library Association) Annual. I’ll be here until July 1, and since the flight is at least five hours both ways, I brought a lot of reading material with me. One book that I finished on the flight out here is Charles H. Spurgeon’s “All of Grace”. My friend Michele remarked on her blog that if you were to ask one of her pastors which Spurgeon book to read, they would likely respond, “Yes”. Now I know why !
There’s a lot to take from Spurgeon in this book. One thing I enjoyed is how Spurgeon tries to explain clearly to his reader the concepts of faith and grace, and how they relate to each other in terms that are easy for us to understand.
- “Faith occupies the position of a channel or conduit pipe. Grace is the fountain and the stream; faith is the aqueduct along which the flood of mercy flows down to refresh the thirsty sons of men.”
- “Grace is the powerful engine, and faith is the chain by which the carriage of the soul is attached to the great motive power.”
- “Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be, and that He will do what He has promised to do, and then to expect this of Him.”
Spurgeon then illustrates this by giving an example of two men being carried down the water toward Niagara Falls. Both men grab onto a rope that’s tied to the shore and appear to be safe. But one decides to let go of the rope to grab onto a huge log floating by, thinking that because it’s bigger, he’ll be safer on that. But the log soon carries the man over the falls…the log wasn’t anchored to anything. Spurgeon then remarks that we sometimes “grab onto” our works, thinking that they will anchor us with God, while it is truly only our faith that does that.
Here’s Spurgeon again:
But faith, though it may seem to be like a slender cord, is in the hands of the great God on the shore side…Oh the blessedness of faith, because it unites us to God !”
I’m going to try to write more on this gem of a book later this week. I’d be interested to hear your comments if you have already read it ?