Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 12th May

“I am with you alway.” / Matthew 28:20

It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is
well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my
soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures,
but set thine heart upon him who abides forever faithful to thee. Build not
thine house upon the moving quicksands of a deceitful world, but found thy
hopes upon this rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall
stand immovably secure. My soul, I charge thee, lay up thy treasure in the
only secure cabinet; store thy jewels where thou canst never lose them. Put
thine all in Christ; set all thine affections on his person, all thy hope in
his merit, all thy trust in his efficacious blood, all thy joy in his
presence, and so thou mayest laugh at loss, and defy destruction. Remember
that all the flowers in the world’s garden fade by turns, and the day cometh
when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth. Death’s black
extinguisher must soon put out thy candle. Oh! how sweet to have sunlight when
the candle is gone! The dark flood must soon roll between thee and all thou
hast; then wed thine heart to him who will never leave thee; trust thyself
with him who will go with thee through the black and surging current of
death’s stream, and who will land thee safely on the celestial shore, and make
thee sit with him in heavenly places forever. Go, sorrowing son of affliction,
tell thy secrets to the Friend who sticketh closer than a brother. Trust all
thy concerns with him who never can be taken from thee, who will never leave
thee, and who will never let thee leave him, even “Jesus Christ, the same
yesterday, and today, and forever.” “Lo, I am with you alway,” is enough for
my soul to live upon, let who will forsake me.

“Only be thou strong and very courageous.” / Joshua 1:7

Our God’s tender love for his servants makes him concerned for the state of
their inward feelings. He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a
small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks
not so. From this text it is plain that our Master would not have us entangled
with fears. He would have us without carefulness, without doubt, without
cowardice. Our Master does not think so lightly of our unbelief as we do. When
we are desponding we are subject to a grievous malady, not to be trifled with,
but to be carried at once to the beloved Physician. Our Lord loveth not to see
our countenance sad. It was a law of Ahasuerus that no one should come into
the king’s court dressed in mourning: this is not the law of the King of
kings, for we may come mourning as we are; but still he would have us put off
the spirit of heaviness, and put on the garment of praise, for there is much
reason to rejoice. The Christian man ought to be of a courageous spirit, in
order that he may glorify the Lord by enduring trials in an heroic manner. If
he be fearful and fainthearted, it will dishonour his God. Besides, what a bad
example it is. This disease of doubtfulness and discouragement is an epidemic
which soon spreads amongst the Lord’s flock. One downcast believer makes
twenty souls sad. Moreover, unless your courage is kept up, Satan will be too
much for you. Let your spirit be joyful in God your Saviour, the joy of the
Lord shall be your strength, and no fiend of hell shall make headway against
you; but cowardice throws down the banner. Moreover, labour is light to a man
of cheerful spirit; and success waits upon cheerfulness. The man who toils,
rejoicing in his God, believing with all his heart, has success guaranteed. He
who sows in hope shall reap in joy; therefore, dear reader, “be thou strong,
and very courageous.”

– Bible Gateway.Com

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