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Faith: Godìs Trial of

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At the battle of Crescy, where Edward the Black Prince, then a youth of eighteen years of age, led the van, the king, his father, drew up a strong party on a rising ground, and there beheld the conflict in readiness to send relief where ft should be wanted. The young prince being sharply charged, and in some danger, sent to his father for succor; and as the king delayed to send it, another messenger was sent to crave immediate assistance. To him the king replied, 'Go, tell my son that I am not so inexperienced a commander as not to know when succor is wanted, nor so careless a father as not to send it.' He intended the honor of the day should be his son's, and therefore let him with courage stand to it, assured that help should be had when it might conduce most to his renown. God draws forth his servants to fight in the spiritual warfare, where they are engaged, not only against the strongholds of carnal reason, and the exalted imaginations of their own hearts, but also in the pitched field against Satan and his wicked instruments. But they, poor hearts, when the charge is sharp, are ready to despond, and cry with Peter, 'Save, Lord, we perish;' but God is too watchful to overlook their exigencies, and too much a Father to neglect their succour. If help, however, be delayed, it is that the victory may be more glorious by the difficulty of overcoming.

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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Faith: Godìs Trial of'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. 1870.

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