Evening, June 28, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.” — Exodus 7:12
This incident is an instructive image of the sure victory of the divine handiwork over all opposition. Whenever a divine principle is cast into the heart, though the devil may fashion a counterfeit, and produce swarms of opponents, as sure as ever when God is in the work, it will swallow up all its adversaries. If God’s grace takes possession of a man, the world’s enchanters may throw down all their staffs; and every staff may be as devious and poisonous as a serpent, but Aaron’s staff will swallow up their staffs. The sweet attractiveness of the cross will woo and win the man’s heart, and he who lived only for this deceitful earth will now have an eye for the heavens, and a wing to mount into celestial heights. When grace has won the day the earth dweller seeks the world to come. The same fact is to be observed in the life of the believer. What a multitude of adversaries has our faith had to meet! Our old sins–the devil threw them down before us, and they turned to serpents. What hosts of them! Ah, but the cross of Jesus destroys them all. Faith in Christ makes short work of all our sins. Then the devil has launched forth another host of serpents in the form of worldly trials, temptations, unbelief; but faith in Jesus is more than a match for them, and overcomes them all.
The same absorbing principle shines in the faithful service of God! With an enthusiastic love for Jesus difficulties are surmounted, sacrifices become pleasures, sufferings are honors. But if true religion is thus a consuming passion in the heart, then it follows that there are many persons who profess religion but don’t have it; for what they have will not bear this test. Examine yourself, my reader, on this point. Aaron’s staff proved its heaven-given power. Is your religion doing so? If Christ be anything he must be everything. Oh, do not rest until love and faith in Jesus be the master passions of your soul!
Notes on my editing: I have a decent vocabulary but many of the terms Spurgeon used centuries ago have fallen into disuse. As I read his devotions, challenged oft am I (I mean, I am often challenged) by some of the archaic words and the sentence structure. Some may find my editing a travesty, but hopefully some will find it clarifies the message he brings to us after so many years.
Here is a Google analysis of some of the words I have edited in the past few days by time and frequency …