A dear member of the church I serve recently gave me a gift copy of Smooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks, C.H. Spurgeon’s compilation of sayings from the writings of Thomas Brooks (1608-1680). This little volume, first published in 1855, is a goldmine of truth written with lucid brevity. I am amazed at how much substance Brooks packed into such few words. (If only Twitter was available in the seventeenth century!)
Here’s how Spurgeon thought the book should be used:
Use these “smooth stones” as David of old, and may the Lord direct them to the very forehead of thy sins, for this is the author’s main design! One of these pithy extracts may assist our meditations for a whole day, and may open up some sweet passage of Scripture to our understandings, and perhaps some brief sentence may stick in the sinner’s conscience, like an arrow from the bow of God.
To that great end, here’s a sample from today’s reading:
Ah, believer, it is only heaven that is above all winds, storms, and tempests; God did not cast man out of paradise, that he might be able to find himself another paradise in this world. The world and you must part, or Christ and you will never meet. “Ye can not serve God and mammon” (2).