Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon- 22nd May

“He led them forth by the right way.” / Psalm 107:7

Changeful experience often leads the anxious believer to inquire “Why is it
thus with me?” I looked for light, but lo, darkness came; for peace, but
behold, trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain standeth firm; I shall never
be moved. Lord, thou dost hide thy face, and I am troubled. It was but
yesterday that I could read my title clear; today my evidences are bedimmed,
and my hopes are clouded. Yesterday, I could climb to Pisgah’s top, and view
the landscape o’er, and rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance;
today, my spirit has no hopes, but many fears; no joys, but much distress. Is
this part of God’s plan with me? Can this be the way in which God would bring
me to heaven? Yes, it is even so. The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of
your mind, the fainting of your hope, all these things are but parts of God’s
method of making you ripe for the great inheritance upon which you shall soon
enter. These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith–they
are waves that wash you further upon the rock–they are winds which waft your
ship the more swiftly towards the desired haven. According to David’s words,
so it might be said of you, “So he bringeth them to their desired haven.” By
honour and dishonour, by evil report and by good report, by plenty and by
poverty, by joy and by distress, by persecution and by peace, by all these
things is the life of your souls maintained, and by each of these are you
helped on your way. Oh, think not, believer, that your sorrows are out of
God’s plan; they are necessary parts of it. “We must, through much
tribulation, enter the kingdom.” Learn, then, even to “count it all joy when
ye fall into divers temptations.”

“O let my trembling soul be still,

And wait thy wise, thy holy will!

I cannot, Lord, thy purpose see,

Yet all is well since ruled by thee.”

“Behold, thou art fair, my Beloved.” / Song of Solomon 1:16

From every point our Well-beloved is most fair. Our various experiences are
meant by our heavenly Father to furnish fresh standpoints from which we may
view the loveliness of Jesus; how amiable are our trials when they carry us
aloft where we may gain clearer views of Jesus than ordinary life could afford
us! We have seen him from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon,
and he has shone upon us as the sun in his strength; but we have seen him also
“from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards,” and he has lost
none of his loveliness. From the languishing of a sick bed, from the borders
of the grave, have we turned our eyes to our soul’s spouse, and he has never
been otherwise than “all fair.” Many of his saints have looked upon him from
the gloom of dungeons, and from the red flames of the stake, yet have they
never uttered an ill word of him, but have died extolling his surpassing
charms. Oh, noble and pleasant employment to be forever gazing at our sweet
Lord Jesus! Is it not unspeakably delightful to view the Saviour in all his
offices, and to perceive him matchless in each?–to shift the kaleidoscope, as
it were, and to find fresh combinations of peerless graces? In the manger and
in eternity, on the cross and on his throne, in the garden and in his kingdom,
among thieves or in the midst of cherubim, he is everywhere “altogether
lovely.” Examine carefully every little act of his life, and every trait of
his character, and he is as lovely in the minute as in the majestic. Judge him
as you will, you cannot censure; weigh him as you please, and he will not be
found wanting. Eternity shall not discover the shadow of a spot in our
Beloved, but rather, as ages revolve, his hidden glories shall shine forth
with yet more inconceivable splendour, and his unutterable loveliness shall
more and more ravish all celestial minds.

– Bible Gateway.Com

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