Proverbs 16:1-18:24; Acts 28:1-16
Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”— Proverbs 17:17.
My dear brethren, when we read “a friend loveth at all times,” and refer that to Christ, the sentence, full as it is, falls short of what we mean, for our Lord Jesus is a friend who loved us before there was any time. Before time began, the Lord Jesus Christ had entered into covenant that He would redeem a people unto Himself, who should show forth His Father’s praise. Before time began, His prescient eye had foreseen the creatures whom He determined to redeem by blood. These He took to Himself by election, these the Father also gave to Him by divine donation, and upon these as He saw them in the glass of futurity He set His heart. Long before days began to be counted, or moons to wax and wane, or suns to rise and set, Jehovah Jesus had set apart a people to Himself, whom He espoused unto Himself, whose names He engraved upon His heart and upon His hands, that they might be taken into union with Himself for ever and ever. Meditate on that love which preceded the first rays of the morning, and went forth to you before the mountains were brought forth, or ever He had formed the earth and the world. My brethren, you believe the doctrine of eternal love, meditate thereon, and let it be very sweet unto your hearts.
Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. III (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House) 1962, p. 222