Charles Spurgeon was one of the greatest preachers who ever lived. He was a Baptist preacher in London in the late 1800's.
He preached to large crowds every week. I have several volumes in my office containing his sermons from the Metropolitan Tabernacle.
But at the age of 16 he was searching for God. He went from church to church and listened to many preachers with very little help.
Finally, one cold winter day, he visited a tiny Methodist church. Only 15 people were present that morning. The pastor must have been disappointed because of the small crowd.
The preacher stood up to preach. He quoted from Isaiah, "Look unto me and be saved, for I am God and there is no other." (45:22)
Young Charles tried to understand the message, but he was confused. In the middle of the sermon, the preacher stopped and pointed to Charles and said, "Young man, you are miserable." Spurgeon was quite surprised, but he could not argue the point.
He sat up straight in his pew. The preacher continued, "And you will stay miserable forever unless you turn to God.” Charles Spurgeon then lifted up his eyes to the cross of Christ and opened his life to God.
He wrote the following words, "As the snow fell on my way home from that little house of prayer, I thought every snowflake told me of the pardon I had found, for I was clean as the driven snow through the grace of God."
When he arrived home, his mother said, "Something wonderful has happened to you." It was true. Something wonderful had happened to him. He had come to know God in a personal way.
Do you know God like that? It is possible. A 16-year-old boy named Charles Spurgeon is our witness for today.