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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - February 07, 2017

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> Today's Reading
> Morning
> "Arise, and depart."
> Micah 2:10
> The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes toall--"Arise, and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city inwhich thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, andtake thy last journey." And what know we of the journey? And what know we of thecountry to which we are bound? A little we have read thereof, and somewhat hasbeen revealed to us by the Spirit; but how little do we know of the realms of thefuture! We know that there is a black and stormy river called "Death." God bids uscross it, promising to be with us. And, after death, what cometh?

Whatwonder-world will open upon our astonished sight? What scene of glory will beunfolded to our view? No traveller has ever returned to tell. But we know enoughof the heavenly land to make us welcome our summons thither with joy and gladness.The journey of death may be dark, but we may go forth on it fearlessly, knowingthat God is with us as we walk through the gloomy valley, and therefore we needfear no evil. We shall be departing from all we have known and loved here, but weshall be going to our Father's house--to our Father's home, where Jesus is--tothat royal "city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." Thisshall be our last removal, to dwell forever with him we love, in the midst of hispeople, in the presence of God. Christian, meditate much on heaven, it will helpthee to press on, and to forget the toil of the way. This vale of tears is but thepathway to the better country: this world of woe is but the stepping-stone to aworld of bliss.
> "Prepare us, Lord, by grace divine,
> For thy bright courts on high;
> Then bid our spirits rise, and join
> The chorus of the sky."
> Evening
> "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither."
> Revelation 11:12
> Without considering these words in their prophetical connection, let us regardthem as the invitation of our great Forerunner to his sanctified people. In duetime there shall be heard "a great voice from heaven" to every believer, saying,"Come up hither." This should be to the saints the subject of joyful anticipation.Instead of dreading the time when we shall leave this world to go unto the Father,we should be panting for the hour of our emancipation. Our song should be--
> "My heart is with him on his throne,
> And ill can brook delay;
> Each moment listening for the voice,
> Rise up and come away.'"
> We are not called down to the grave, but up to the skies. Our heaven-born spiritsshould long for their native air. Yet should the celestial summons be the objectof patient waiting. Our God knows best when to bid us "Come up hither." We mustnot wish to antedate the period of our departure. I know that strong love willmake us cry,
> "O Lord of Hosts, the waves divide,
> And land us all in heaven;"
> but patience must have her perfect work. God ordains with accurate wisdom the mostfitting time for the redeemed to abide below. Surely, if there could be regrets inheaven, the saints might mourn that they did not live longer here to do more good.Oh, for more sheaves for my Lord's garner! more jewels for his crown! But how,unless there be more work? True, there is the other side of it, that, living sobriefly, our sins are the fewer; but oh! when we are fully serving God, and he isgiving us to scatter precious seed, and reap a hundredfold, we would even say itis well for us to abide where we are. Whether our Master shall say "go," or"stay," let us be equally well pleased so long as he indulges us with hispresence.
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"More sheaves for His garner, and more jewels for His crown" indeed!
Thank you brother!

Come quickly, Lord Jesus
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