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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - July 21, 2015

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> "The daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee."
> Isaiah 37:22
> Reassured by the Word of the Lord, the poor trembling citizens of Zion grew bold,
and shook their heads at Sennacherib's boastful threats. Strong faith enables the
servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most haughty foes. We know
that our enemies are attempting impossibilities. They seek to destroy the eternal
life, which cannot die while Jesus lives; to overthrow the citadel, against which
the gates of **** shall not prevail. They kick against the pricks to their own
wounding, and rush upon the bosses of Jehovah's buckler to their own hurt.
> We know their weakness. What are they but men? And what is man but a worm? They
roar and swell like waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame. When the Lord
ariseth, they shall fly as chaff before the wind, and be consumed as crackling
thorns. Their utter powerlessness to do damage to the cause of God and his truth,
may make the weakest soldiers in Zion's ranks laugh them to scorn.
> Above all, we know that the Most High is with us, and when he dresses himself in
arms, where are his enemies? If he cometh forth from his place, the potsherds of
the earth will not long contend with their Maker. His rod of iron shall dash them
in pieces like a potter's vessel, and their very remembrance shall perish from the
earth. Away, then, all fears, the kingdom is safe in the King's hands. Let us
shout for joy, for the Lord reigneth, and his foes shall be as straw for the
> "As true as God's own word is true;
> Nor earth, nor ****, with all their crew,
> Against us shall prevail.
> A jest, and by-word, are they grown;
> God is with us, we are his own,
> Our victory cannot fail."
> Evening
> "Why go I mourning?"
> Psalm 42:9
> Canst thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often
mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee
that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the sea of circumstances
would ebb out till there should be nothing left but long leagues of the mud of
horrible poverty?

Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed
from frost to frost, from snow, and ice, and hail, to deeper snow, and yet more
heavy tempest of despair? Knowest thou not that day follows night, that flood
comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter? Hope thou then! Hope thou
ever! For God fails thee not. Dost thou not know that thy God loves thee in the
midst of all this? Mountains, when in darkness hidden, are as real as in day, and
God's love is as true to thee now as it was in thy brightest moments. No father
chastens always: thy Lord hates the rod as much as thou dost; he only cares to use
it for that reason which should make thee willing to receive it, namely, that it
works thy lasting good.

Thou shalt yet climb Jacob's ladder with the angels, and
behold him who sits at the top of it--thy covenant God. Thou shalt yet, amidst the
splendours of eternity, forget the trials of time, or only remember them to bless
the God who led thee through them, and wrought thy lasting good by them. Come,
sing in the midst of tribulation. Rejoice even while passing through the furnace.
Make the wilderness to blossom like the rose! Cause the desert to ring with thine
exulting joys, for these light afflictions will soon be over, and then "forever
with the Lord," thy bliss shall never wane.
> "Faint not nor fear, his arms are near,
> He changeth not, and thou art dear;
> Only believe and thou shalt see,
> That Christ is all in all to thee."
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