“Queen Esther would go into the king’s presence, even though there might be no golden sceptre held forth; so believer, venture into God’s presence when you have no smile and no light from the countenance of your God. Trust in a withdrawing God.
A good child will believe in his father’s love even when his father is angry. We believe in the sun when he is under a cloud, and shall we not believe in God when He hideth Himself? When the door of mercy is shut, then is the time for knocking. When the blessing appears to be lost, then is the season for seeking and when favours seem to be denied, then is the hour for importunate asking. When we have had many denials we should be the more earnest in prayer, that the hindrance may be removed. Esther succeeded in her suit though she went without a call, and much more shall we if we boldly come unto the King of kings, from whom no sincere petitioner ever was dismissed unheard. If we knew the worst time for prayer had come, we ought still to pray. Come, my soul, get thee to thy chamber and seek the King’s face, for thou hast great need.
A father out of indulgence may pass by a failing when his son waits upon him; for instance, suppose he should spill the wine and break the glass; but surely he will not allow him to throw it down carelessly or wilfully.
Everyone can see that there is a grave distinction between sins of infirmity and wilful transgressions. A man may splash us very badly with the wheel of his carriage, as he passes by, and we may feel vexed, but the feeling would have been more keen if he had thrown mud into our face with deliberate intent. By the grace of God, we do not sin wilfully. Our wrong-doing comes of ignorance or of carelessness, and causes us many a pang of conscience, for we would fain be blameless before our God. Wilfully to offend is not according to our mind. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. Deliberation and delight in sin are sure marks of the heirs of wrath. Sin in believers is a terrible evil, but there is this mitigation of it, that they do not love it, and cannot rest in it. The true son does not wish to do damage to his father’s goods; on the contrary, he loves to please his father, and he is himself grieved when he causes grief to one whom he so highly honours. O my Lord, I pray thee let me not sin carelessly, lest I come to sin presumptuously. Make me to be watchful against my infirmities, that I may not fall by little and little.
Remarks by C. H. Spurgeon on comments by Thomas Manton.