The Fifteenth of April.
From Spurgeon's "Faith's Check Book"
106-Desires of Righteous Granted
"The desires of the righteous shall be granted." (Proverbs 10:24)
Because it is a righteous desire it is safe for God to grant it. It would be neither good for
the man himself, nor for society at large, that such a promise should be made to the
unrighteous. Let us keep the Lord's commands, and He will rightfully have respect to our
When righteous men are left to desire unrighteous desires, they will not be granted to them.
But then these are not their real desires; they are their wanderings or blunders, and it is
well that they should be refused. Their gracious desires shall come before the Lord, and He
will not say them nay.
Does the Lord deny us our requests for a time? Let the promise for today encourage us to ask
again. Has He denied us altogether? We will thank Him still, for it always was our desire that
He should deny us if He judged a denial to be best.
As to some things, we ask very boldly. Our chief desires are for holiness, usefulness, likeness
to Christ, preparedness for heaven. These are the desires of grace rather than of nature -- the
desires of the righteous man rather than of the mere man. God will not stint us in these things
but will do for us exceeding abundantly. "Delight thy self also in the Lord, and he shall give
thee the desires of thine heart." This day, my soul, ask largely!