Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 5th February

“The love of the Lord.” / Hosea 3:1

Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby
the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how he hath fed and
clothed thee every day–how he hath borne with thine ill manners–how he hath
put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of
Egypt–how he has opened the rock to supply thee, and fed thee with manna that
came down from heaven. Think of how his grace has been sufficient for thee in
all thy troubles–how his blood has been a pardon to thee in all thy sins–how
his rod and his staff have comforted thee. When thou hast thus looked back
upon the love of the Lord, then let faith survey his love in the future, for
remember that Christ’s covenant and blood have something more in them than the
past. He who has loved thee and pardoned thee, shall never cease to love and
pardon. He is Alpha, and he shall be Omega also: he is first, and he shall be
last. Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the
shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for he is with thee. When thou
shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death
cannot separate thee from his love; and when thou shalt come into the
mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble, “For I am persuaded, that
neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.” Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed? Does not this
make thee love Jesus? Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the
ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord
thy God? Surely as we meditate on “the love of the Lord,” our hearts burn
within us, and we long to love him more.

“Your refuge from the avenger of blood.” / Joshua 20:3

It is said that in the land of Canaan, cities of refuge were so arranged, that
any man might reach one of them within half a day at the utmost. Even so the
word of our salvation is near to us; Jesus is a present Saviour, and the way
to him is short; it is but a simple renunciation of our own merit, and a
laying hold of Jesus, to be our all in all. With regard to the roads to the
city of refuge, we are told that they were strictly preserved, every river was
bridged, and every obstruction removed, so that the man who fled might find an
easy passage to the city. Once a year the elders went along the roads and saw
to their order, so that nothing might impede the flight of any one, and cause
him, through delay, to be overtaken and slain. How graciously do the promises
of the gospel remove stumbling blocks from the way! Wherever there were
by-roads and turnings, there were fixed up hand-posts, with the inscription
upon them–“To the city of refuge!” This is a picture of the road to Christ
Jesus. It is no roundabout road of the law; it is no obeying this, that, and
the other; it is a straight road: “Believe, and live.” It is a road so hard,
that no self-righteous man can ever tread it, but so easy, that every sinner,
who knows himself to be a sinner may by it find his way to heaven. No sooner
did the man-slayer reach the outworks of the city than he was safe; it was not
necessary for him to pass far within the walls, but the suburbs themselves
were sufficient protection. Learn hence, that if you do but touch the hem of
Christ’s garment, you shall be made whole; if you do but lay hold upon him
with “faith as a grain of mustard seed,” you are safe.

“A little genuine grace ensures

The death of all our sins.”

Only waste no time, loiter not by the way, for the avenger of blood is swift
of foot; and it may be he is at your heels at this still hour of eventide.

– Bible Gateway.Com

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