Swine-troughs and husks!

( by Spurgeon)

"With you is the fountain of life." -Psalm 36:9

There are times in our spiritual experience
when human counsel or sympathy, or religious
ordinances, fail to comfort or help us.

Why does our gracious God permit this?

Perhaps it is because we have been living
too much without him, and he therefore takes
away everything upon which we have been in
the habit of depending, that he may drive us
to himself.

We are like the prodigal, we love the swine
and forget our Father's house.

Remember, we can make swine-troughs
and husks
even out of the forms of religion.
They are blessed things, but we may put them
in God's place, and then they are of no value.

Anything becomes an idol when
it keeps us away from God!

The prodigal was never safer than when he was
driven to his father's bosom, because he could
find sustenance nowhere else.

Our Lord favors us with a famine in the land that
it may make us seek after himself the more.

The best position for a Christian is living wholly
and directly on God's grace. Beloved, when we
are brought to a thirsting condition, we are sure
to turn to the fountain of life with eagerness.