Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 31st August

“On mine arm shall they trust.” / Isaiah 51:5

In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can
trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When
his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must
simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy
storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that
drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no getting at our God sometimes
because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so
friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his
Father’s arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with
troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his
God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than
at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that
drives thee to thy Father! Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to, see
that thou puttest thy full confidence in him. Dishonour not thy Lord and
Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to
God. Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee. Show
rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper.
Show the strong man how strong thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee
are the everlasting arms. Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant
exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly,
as surely as he built the heavens and the earth, glorify himself in thy
weakness, and magnify his might in the midst of thy distress. The grandeur of
the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single
visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything
discernible by the carnal eye. May the Holy Spirit give you to rest in Jesus
this closing day of the month.

“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light.” / 1 John 1:7

As he is in the light! Can we ever attain to this? Shall we ever be able to
walk as clearly in the light as he is whom we call “Our Father,” of whom it is
written, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all?” Certainly, this is
the model which is set before us, for the Saviour himself said, “Be ye
perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect;” and although we may
feel that we can never rival the perfection of God, yet we are to seek after
it, and never to be satisfied until we attain to it. The youthful artist, as
he grasps his early pencil, can hardly hope to equal Raphael or Michael
Angelo, but still, if he did not have a noble beau ideal before his mind, he
would only attain to something very mean and ordinary. But what is meant by
the expression that the Christian is to walk in light as God is in the light?
We conceive it to import likeness, but not degree. We are as truly in the
light, we are as heartily in the light, we are as sincerely in the light, as
honestly in the light, though we cannot be there in the same measure. I cannot
dwell in the sun, it is too bright a place for my residence, but I can walk in
the light of the sun; and so, though I cannot attain to that perfection of
purity and truth which belongs to the Lord of hosts by nature as the
infinitely good, yet I can set the Lord always before me, and strive, by the
help of the indwelling Spirit, after conformity to his image. That famous old
commentator, John Trapp, says, “We may be in the light as God is in the light
for quality, but not for equality.” We are to have the same light, and are as
truly to have it and walk in it as God does, though, as for equality with God
in his holiness and purity, that must be left until we cross the Jordan and
enter into the perfection of the Most High. Mark that the blessings of sacred
fellowship and perfect cleansing are bound up with walking in the light.

– Bible Gateway.Com

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