Twitter and the blogosphere linked to it seem to erupt afresh every week with some new controversy. Last week, it was so–called “evangelicals” who blew up the digital landscape over what the esteemed Eugene Peterson said, or didn’t say, in an interview originally scheduled for different purposes. I texted a friend last Thursday that “there’s way too many knee–jerk reactions on Twitter, and not enough grace”! The next day I posted the image above on Instagram, along with these words … “Best way to navigate social media storms.”
England’s “Prince of Preachers” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892), wrote daily devotionals for both morning and evening. His morning selection for June 28th is based on this passage, Hebrews 12:2 … and offers sound counsel for our current day as well.
- It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.
- Satan insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within.
- But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore …
- It is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee – it is Christ.
- It is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee – it is Christ.
- It is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument – it is Christ’s blood and merits.
- Therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ.
- Look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope.
- Look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.
- We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.”
- Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind.
- When thou wakest in the morning look to Him.
- When thou liest down at night look to Him.
- Oh! Let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.
Here’s a link to Spurgeon’s “Morning & Evening“ devotions. It’s also located on the right–side navigational bar under the heading “Worth Visiting.”
I’m praying for a safer and saner Twitter landscape this next week!
Peace & Joy!