The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The following excerpt is from "Safe in the Father's care," from Able to the uttermost, Pilgrim Publications, page 62."Now, there are many things which provoke God."
I like to think of this—this picture of God over His people protecting them, being as fully awake and aroused as the young lion is when he bestirs himself to protect the prey that the shepherds would take away from him. It is the picture of intensity of purpose. He means to have the prey, and it shall not be taken from him. All his strength shall be put forth to prevent it.
The same intensity of purpose we see in our God. He determined to save His people before the Day-Star began to shine, and from that purpose He has never turned. Sooner than turn aside from His purpose, He gave His Son to die, sent His Spirit to indwell in the hearts of His people, and nothing shall turn Him aside from that purpose now.
Behold, how Satan comes out against Him! See how the powers of darkness rise with all their force! See how they come forth to take the prey from the mighty God, to deliver out of God’s hand into a dire destruction! But shall they conquer Him? Ah! no. For the whole of God is set for the defence of His Church.
It is not one attribute that is there; they are all there. As I said of the young lion over his prey, he is all a lion; every nerve and muscle and bone of his body seems to burn with indignation against his foes, so every attribute of God—all His power, His wisdom, His justice, His holiness—all these are intensely aroused and all set with intense purpose for the defence and the deliverance of His people.
How safe, then, are those that trust in God! You have not only God to defend you, but that same God most fixed and settled as to His mind’s eternal will—that God concentrating all His majestic attributes upon this one point, that He will save His people.
He would sooner that the world should crash and the solid wheel of nature should be snapped than that this which is His innermost decree, the secret purpose of His inmost soul, should fail—even the salvation of His people.