Morning and Evening

July 1

Morning

In summer and in winter shall it be. — Zech 14:8

The streams of living water which flow from Jerusalem are not dried up by the parching heats of sultry midsummer, any more than they were frozen by the cold winds of blustering winter. Rejoice, O my soul, that you are spared to testify of the faithfulness of the Lord. The seasons change and you change but your Lord abides evermore the same and the streams of His love are as deep, as broad and as full as ever.

The heats of business cares and scorching trials make me need the cooling influences of the river of His grace; I may go at once and drink to the full from the inexhaustible fountain, for in summer and in winter it pours forth its flood. The upper springs are never scanty, and blessed be the name of the Lord, the nether springs cannot fail either. Elijah found Cherith to dry up but Jehovah was still the same God of providence. Job said his brethren were like deceitful brooks but he found his God an overflowing river of consolation. The Nile is the great confidence of Egypt but its floods are variable; our Lord is evermore the same.

By turning the course of the Euphrates, Cyrus took the city of Babylon, but no power, human or infernal, can divert the current of divine grace. The tracks of ancient rivers have been found all dry and desolate but the streams which take their rise on the mountains of divine sovereignty and infinite love shall ever be full to the brim. Generations melt away but the course of grace is unaltered. The river of God may sing with greater truth than the brook in the poem, “Men may come, and men may go but I go on forever.” How happy are you, my soul, to be led beside such still waters! never wander to other streams, lest you hear the Lord’s rebuke, “What have you to do in the way of Egypt to drink of the muddy river?”


Evening

The voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. — Gen 3:8

My soul, now that the cool of the day has come, retire awhile and hearken to the voice of your God. He is always ready to speak with you—when you are prepared to hear. If there is any slowness to commune it is not on His part but altogether on your own, for He stands at the door and knocks, and if His people will but open—He rejoices to enter. But in what state is my heart, which is my Lord’s garden? May I venture to hope that it is well trimmed and watered, and is bringing forth fruit fit for Him? If not, He will have much to reprove but still I pray Him to come unto me, for nothing can so certainly bring my heart into a right condition as the presence of the Sun of Righteousness, who brings healing in His wings.

Come, therefore, O Lord, my God—my soul invites You earnestly, and waits for You eagerly. Come to me, O Jesus, my well-beloved, and plant fresh flowers in my garden, such as I see blooming in such perfection in Your matchless character! Come, O my Father, who is the Gardener, and deal with me in Your tenderness and prudence! Come, O Holy Spirit, and bedew my whole nature, as the herbs are now moistened with the evening dews. O that God would speak to me. Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears! O that He would walk with me; I am ready to give up my whole heart and mind to Him, and every other thought is hushed. I am only asking what He delights to give. I am sure that He will condescend to have fellowship with me, for He has given me His Holy Spirit to abide with me forever.

Sweet is the cool twilight, when every star seems like the eye of heaven, and the cool wind is as the breath of celestial love. My Father, my elder Brother, my sweet Comforter, speak now in loving-kindness, for You have opened my ear and I am not rebellious.


Morning and Evening - July 1

Public domain content taken from Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon.