Charles Haddon Spurgeon: We Are Not Orphans

We are not orphans, for “the Lord is risen indeed.”

The orphan has a sharp sorrow springing out of the death of his parent, namely, that he is left alone. He cannot now make appeals to the wisdom of the parent who could direct him. He cannot run, as once he did, when he was weary, to climb the paternal knee. He cannot lean his aching head upon the parental bosom. “Father,” he may say, but no voice gives an answer. “Mother,” he may cry, but that fond title, which would awaken the mother if she slept, cannot arouse her from the bed of death.

The child is alone, alone as to those two hearts which were its best companions…

But we are not so; we are not orphans.

…There is one point in which the orphan is often sorrowfully reminded of his orphanhood, namely, in lacking a defender.

It is so natural in little children, when some big boy molests them, to say, “I’ll tell my father!” How often did we use to say so, and how often have we heard from the little ones since, “I’ll tell mother!”

Sometimes, the not being able to do this is a much severer loss than we can guess. Unkind and cruel men have snatched away from orphans the little which a father’s love had left behind; and in the court of law there has been no defender to protect the orphan’s goods. Had the father been there, the child would have had its rights, scarcely would any have dared to infringe them; but, in the absence of the father, the orphan is eaten up like bread, and the wicked of the earth devour his estate.

In this sense, the saints are not orphans.

The devil would rob us of our heritage if he could, but there is an Advocate with the Father who pleads for us. Satan would snatch from us every promise, and tear from us all the comforts of the covenant; but we are not orphans, and when he brings a suit-at-law against us, and thinks that we are the only defendants in the case, he is mistaken, for we have an Advocate on high. Christ comes in and pleads, as the sinners’ Friend, for us; and when He pleads at the bar of justice, there is no fear but that His plea will be of effect, and our inheritance shall be safe. He has not left us orphans.

Now I want, without saying many words, to get you who love the Master to feel what a very precious thought this is, that you are not alone in this world; that, if you have no earthly friends, if you have none to whom you can take your cares, if you are quite lonely so far as outward friends are concerned, yet Jesus is with you, is really with you, practically with you, able to help you, and ready to do so, and that you have a good and kind Protector close at hand at this present moment, for Christ has said it:

“I will not leave you orphans.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Believer Not an Orphan (Published in Till He Come)

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  • meetingintheclouds

    “Orphan” – a word I first pondered when I was about 11 years old. I had a mother and I also had my third “father”. He was an evil man, even worse than his two predecessors.

    There were two radio serials at the time and in both, someone had discovered they were orphans, and were totally devastated by the news. Bring an orphan was dreadful! I thought about this quite a bit, but my dream was to find out that I WAS an orphan. IF I was an orphan, it would mean that at ONE time someone had actually WANTED me, maybe even loved me. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

    After 22 years of extreme abuse, my loving heavenly Father reached out and drew me to Himself. To find out that I had been ADOPTED into His family almost blew me away with joy. I have kept that joy now for 52 years, delighting in the love of God and finding my everything in Him. Praise God for His love, providence, care, chastisement, encouragement, and everything He is.

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Thank you for sharing this brief bit of your story–I’ve been meaning to respond to your comment for a couple of days as it is such a potent reminder of how wonderful our God is that He adopts us into His family through faith in Christ.

      I’m just starting to read your story over at your blog; thank you again for sharing it there!