Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 26th January

Morning
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“I am the Lord, I change not.” / Malachi 3:6

It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom
change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow
mutability can make no furrows. All things else have changed–all things are
changing. The sun itself grows dim with age; the world is waxing old; the
folding up of the worn-out vesture has commenced; the heavens and earth must
soon pass away; they shall perish, they shall wax old as doth a garment; but
there is One who only hath immortality, of whose years there is no end, and in
whose person there is no change. The delight which the mariner feels, when,
after having been tossed about for many a day, he steps again upon the solid
shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when, amidst all the changes of this
troublous life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth–“I am the
Lord, I change not.”

The stability which the anchor gives the ship when it has at last obtained a
hold-fast, is like that which the Christian’s hope affords him when it fixes
itself upon this glorious truth. With God “is no variableness, neither shadow
of turning.” Whatever his attributes were of old, they are now; his power, his
wisdom, his justice, his truth, are alike unchanged. He has ever been the
refuge of his people, their stronghold in the day of trouble, and he is their
sure Helper still. He is unchanged in his love. He has loved his people with
“an everlasting love”; he loves them now as much as ever he did, and when all
earthly things shall have melted in the last conflagration, his love will
still wear the dew of its youth. Precious is the assurance that he changes
not! The wheel of providence revolves, but its axle is eternal love.

“Death and change are busy ever,

Man decays, and ages move;

But his mercy waneth never;

God is wisdom, God is love.”

Evening
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“Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.” /
Psalm 119:53

My soul, feelest thou this holy shuddering at the sins of others? for
otherwise thou lackest inward holiness. David’s cheeks were wet with rivers of
waters because of prevailing unholiness, Jeremiah desired eyes like fountains
that he might lament the iniquities of Israel, and Lot was vexed with the
conversation of the men of Sodom. Those upon whom the mark was set in
Ezekiel’s vision, were those who sighed and cried for the abominations of
Jerusalem. It cannot but grieve gracious souls to see what pains men take to
go to hell. They know the evil of sin experimentally, and they are alarmed to
see others flying like moths into its blaze. Sin makes the righteous shudder,
because it violates a holy law, which it is to every man’s highest interest to
keep; it pulls down the pillars of the commonwealth. Sin in others horrifies a
believer, because it puts him in mind of the baseness of his own heart: when
he sees a transgressor he cries with the saint mentioned by Bernard, “He fell
today, and I may fall to-morrow.” Sin to a believer is horrible, because it
crucified the Saviour; he sees in every iniquity the nails and spear. How can
a saved soul behold that cursed kill-Christ sin without abhorrence? Say, my
heart, dost thou sensibly join in all this? It is an awful thing to insult God
to His face. The good God deserves better treatment, the great God claims it,
the just God will have it, or repay His adversary to his face. An awakened
heart trembles at the audacity of sin, and stands alarmed at the contemplation
of its punishment. How monstrous a thing is rebellion! How direful a doom is
prepared for the ungodly! My soul, never laugh at sin’s fooleries, lest thou
come to smile at sin itself. It is thine enemy, and thy Lord’s enemy. View it
with detestation, for so only canst thou evidence the possession of holiness,
without which no man can see the Lord.

– Bible Gateway.Com

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