Evening, June 25, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark.”   — Genesis 8:9

Can you find rest apart from the ark, Christ Jesus? Then be assured that your religion is in vain. Are you satisfied with anything short of a conscious knowledge of your union and investment in Christ? Then you are in a miserable state. If you profess to be a Christian, yet find full satisfaction in worldly pleasures and pursuits, your profession is false. If your soul can be at rest, and find the bed comfortable enough, and the bedspread broad enough to cover you in the midst of sin, then you are a hypocrite, and far from any right thoughts of Christ or perception of his great value. But if, on the other hand, you feel that if you could indulge in sin without punishment, that same indulgence would be a punishment in itself; and that if you could have the whole world, and abide in it forever, it would be miserable to stay in it apart from God; for your God is what your soul craves after; then be encouraged, you are a child of God. With all your sins and shortcomings, let this comfort you: if you have no rest in sin, you are not as the sinner is! If you still cry after and crave for something better than the world, Christ has not forgotten you, for you have not quite forgotten him. The believer cannot do without his Lord; words are inadequate to express his thoughts of him. We cannot live on the sands of the wilderness, we want the manna which drops from heaven; however confident in our bodies we are, they cannot yield us a drop of moisture, but we drink of the rock which follows us as it followed Israel in the wilderness, and that rock is Christ. When you feed on him your soul can sing, “He has satisfied my mouth with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s,” but if you do not have him, your well-stocked wine cellar and kitchen cannot give you any sort of satisfaction: rather lament over them in the words of wisdom, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!”