Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 30th April 2016

“Thou art my hope in the day of evil.” / Jeremiah 17:17

The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his
seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God’s Word, “Her ways
are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace;” and it is a great
truth, that religion is calculated to give a man happiness below as well as
bliss above; but experience tells us that if the course of the just be “As the
shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day,” yet sometimes
that light is eclipsed. At certain periods clouds cover the believer’s sun,
and he walks in darkness and sees no light. There are many who have rejoiced
in the presence of God for a season; they have basked in the sunshine in the
earlier stages of their Christian career; they have walked along the “green
pastures” by the side of the “still waters,” but suddenly they find the
glorious sky is clouded; instead of the Land of Goshen they have to tread the
sandy desert; in the place of sweet waters, they find troubled streams, bitter
to their taste, and they say, “Surely, if I were a child of God, this would
not happen.” Oh! say not so, thou who art walking in darkness. The best of
God’s saints must drink the wormwood; the dearest of his children must bear
the cross. No Christian has enjoyed perpetual prosperity; no believer can
always keep his harp from the willows. Perhaps the Lord allotted you at first
a smooth and unclouded path, because you were weak and timid. He tempered the
wind to the shorn lamb, but now that you are stronger in the spiritual life,
you must enter upon the riper and rougher experience of God’s full-grown
children. We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the
rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day
of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.

“The Lord taketh pleasure in his people.” / Psalm 149:4

How comprehensive is the love of Jesus! There is no part of his people’s
interests which he does not consider, and there is nothing which concerns
their welfare which is not important to him. Not merely does he think of you,
believer, as an immortal being, but as a mortal being too. Do not deny it or
doubt it: “The very hairs of your head are all numbered.” “The steps of a good
man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” It were a sad
thing for us if this mantle of love did not cover all our concerns, for what
mischief might be wrought to us in that part of our business which did not
come under our gracious Lord’s inspection! Believer, rest assured that the
heart of Jesus cares about your meaner affairs. The breadth of his tender love
is such that you may resort to him in all matters; for in all your afflictions
he is afflicted, and like as a father pitieth his children, so doth he pity
you. The meanest interests of all his saints are all borne upon the broad
bosom of the Son of God. Oh, what a heart is his, that doth not merely
comprehend the persons of his people, but comprehends also the diverse and
innumerable concerns of all those persons! Dost thou think, O Christian, that
thou canst measure the love of Christ? Think of what his love has brought
thee–justification, adoption, sanctification, eternal life! The riches of his
goodness are unsearchable; thou shalt never be able to tell them out or even
conceive them. Oh, the breadth of the love of Christ! Shall such a love as
this have half our hearts? Shall it have a cold love in return? Shall Jesus’
marvellous lovingkindness and tender care meet with but faint response and
tardy acknowledgment? O my soul, tune thy harp to a glad song of thanksgiving!
Go to thy rest rejoicing, for thou art no desolate wanderer, but a beloved
child, watched over, cared for, supplied, and defended by thy Lord.

– Bible Gateway.Com

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