Charles Spurgeon, from “Sovereignty and Salvation.”
Text: Isaiah 45:22 — “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
Why are people drawn to religion that is complex, demanding, forbidding and impersonal? Why are we so ready to “walk from here to Bath” in our bare feet, but refuse to sit and listen to the simple, hopeful message of the gospel?
The answer, Spurgeon suggests, is pride. We want something to do, something to achieve, so that we can say we had a hand in it.
In 2 Kings 5:11, Naaman is offended by the simplicity of Elisha’s instructions for being healed of his leprosy: “But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, ‘Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’”