Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening"


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) served as the pastor of New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years.  In addition to preaching up to 10 times per week, Spurgeon wrote prodigiously, penning an autobiography, books, a commentary, hymns, magazine articles, and poetry.  When these writings are added to the many thousands of his transcribed sermons, the volume of work is astounding.  It is believed by some that there is no other author in history who has more material in print than does Charles Spurgeon.
One of his most well-known writings is a compilation of daily devotionals entitled Morning and Evening.  As the title implies, there are two devotionals for each day, one a.m. and one p.m.  Upon reading the morning entry yesterday, I was struck by the obvious depth of meditation that surely went into its writing.  The care with which this entry was written is amazing, especially considering it is but one piece from enormous body of work.  That Spurgeon was able to write this well this much is a testament to the Lord’s hand on him.
I’m including here yesterday’s morning entry in its entirety.  I hope you’ll be blessed by it as I was.

"I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." --Isaiah 48:10

Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, "I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it not an asbestos armour, against which the heat hath no power? Let affliction come--God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayst stride in at my door, but God is in the house already, and He has chosen me. Sickness, thou mayst intrude, but I have a balsam ready--God has chosen me. Whatever befalls me in this vale of tears, I know that He has "chosen" me. If, believer, thou requirest still greater comfort, remember that you have the Son of Man with you in the furnace. In that silent chamber of yours, there sitteth by your side One whom thou hast not seen, but whom thou lovest; and ofttimes when thou knowest it not, He makes all thy bed in thy affliction, and smooths thy pillow for thee. Thou art in poverty; but in that lovely house of thine the Lord of life and glory is a frequent visitor. He loves to come into these desolate places, that He may visit thee. Thy friend sticks closely to thee. Thou canst not see Him, but thou mayst feel the pressure of His hands. Dost thou not hear His voice? Even in the valley of the shadow of death He says, "Fear not, I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God." Remember that noble speech of Caesar: "Fear not, thou carriest Caesar and all his fortune." Fear not, Christian; Jesus is with thee. In all thy fiery trials, His presence is both thy comfort and safety. He will never leave one whom He has chosen for His own. "Fear not, for I am with thee," is His sure word of promise to His chosen ones in the "furnace of affliction." Wilt thou not, then, take fast hold of Christ, and say--
"Through floods and flames, if Jesus lead,
I'll follow where He goes."


This is of an entirely different level of spiritual writing than can be found in much of our modern day devotional literature.  If you have enjoyed this entry, you can find both daily entries of Morning and Evening online here

If you would like a hard copy, you can order it at a great price here.

Posted by Greg Birdwell

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