Sermon Shorts from Spurgeon – Sermon 12: The Peculiar Sleep of the Beloved

It is a happy condition to attain. “So he giveth his beloved sleep.” Ah! if you have a self-will in your hearts, pray to God to uproot it. Have you self-love? Beseech the Holy Spirit to turn it out; for if you will always will to do as God wills, you must be happy. I have heard of some good old woman in a cottage, who had nothing but a piece of bread and a little wafer, and lifting up her hands, she said, as a blessing, “What! all this, and Christ too?” It is ”all this,” compared with what we deserve. And I have read of some one dying, who was asked if he wished to live or die; and he said, “I have no wish at all about it.” “But if you might wish, which would you choose?” “I would not choose at all.” “But if God bade you choose?” “I would beg God to choose for me, for I should not know which to take.” Happy state! happy state! to be perfectly acquiescent—To lie passive in his hand, And to know no will but his. “So he giveth his beloved sleep.”

From the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Volume 1, Sermon 12 by Charles Haddon Spurgeon