C.H. Spurgeon was the greatest preacher of his time in the English speaking world. His published works exceed that of any other Christian writer in the history of the church—except the writers of the New Testament.
He suffered from bouts of depression for much of his adult life and occasionally had to spend months at a time vacationing and recuperating in Mentone, France.
While his imagery is from the 1800’s, yet we can readily follow his thoughts.
“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech.
We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service.
We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . .
Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word.
They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it.
From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”
― Charles H. Spurgeon