Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 15th February

“And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily
rate for every day, all the days of his life.” / 2 Kings 25:30

Jehoiachin was not sent away from the king’s palace with a store to last him
for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. Herein he well
pictures the happy position of all the Lord’s people. A daily portion is all
that a man really wants. We do not need tomorrow’s supplies; that day has not
yet dawned, and its wants are as yet unborn. The thirst which we may suffer in
the month of June does not need to be quenched in February, for we do not feel
it yet; if we have enough for each day as the days arrive we shall never know
want. Sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy. We cannot eat or drink
or wear more than the day’s supply of food and raiment; the surplus gives us
the care of storing it, and the anxiety of watching against a thief. One staff
aids a traveller, but a bundle of staves is a heavy burden. Enough is not only
as good as a feast, but is all that the greatest glutton can truly enjoy. This
is all that we should expect; a craving for more than this is ungrateful. When
our Father does not give us more, we should be content with his daily
allowance. Jehoiachin’s case is ours, we have a sure portion, a portion given
us of the king, a gracious portion, and a perpetual portion. Here is surely
ground for thankfulness.

Beloved Christian reader, in matters of grace you need a daily supply. You
have no store of strength. Day by day must you seek help from above. It is a
very sweet assurance that a daily portion is provided for you. In the word,
through the ministry, by meditation, in prayer, and waiting upon God you shall
receive renewed strength. In Jesus all needful things are laid up for you.
Then enjoy your continual allowance. Never go hungry while the daily bread of
grace is on the table of mercy.

“She was healed immediately.” / Luke 8:47

One of the most touching and teaching of the Saviour’s miracles is before us
tonight. The woman was very ignorant. She imagined that virtue came out of
Christ by a law of necessity, without his knowledge or direct will. Moreover,
she was a stranger to the generosity of Jesus’ character, or she would not
have gone behind to steal the cure which he was so ready to bestow. Misery
should always place itself right in the face of mercy. Had she known the love
of Jesus’ heart, she would have said, “I have but to put myself where he can
see me–his omniscience will teach him my case, and his love at once will work
my cure.” We admire her faith, but we marvel at her ignorance. After she had
obtained the cure, she rejoiced with trembling: glad was she that the divine
virtue had wrought a marvel in her; but she feared lest Christ should retract
the blessing, and put a negative upon the grant of his grace: little did she
comprehend the fulness of his love! We have not so clear a view of him as we
could wish; we know not the heights and depths of his love; but we know of a
surety that he is too good to withdraw from a trembling soul the gift which it
has been able to obtain. But here is the marvel of it: little as was her
knowledge, her faith, because it was real faith, saved her, and saved her at
once. There was no tedious delay–faith’s miracle was instantaneous. If we
have faith as a grain of mustard seed, salvation is our present and eternal
possession. If in the list of the Lord’s children we are written as the
feeblest of the family, yet, being heirs through faith, no power, human or
devilish, can eject us from salvation. If we dare not lean our heads upon his
bosom with John, yet if we can venture in the press behind him, and touch the
hem of his garment, we are made whole. Courage, timid one! thy faith hath
saved thee; go in peace. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.”

– Bible Gateway.Com

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