Morning, July 1, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.” —  Zechariah 14:8

The streams of living water which flow from Jerusalem are not dried up by the parching heat of sweltering midsummer any more than they were frozen by the cold winds of blustering winter. Rejoice in your heart and mind, that you are spared to testify of the faithfulness of the Lord. The seasons change and you change, but your Lord remains forever the same, and the streams of his love are as deep, as broad and as full as ever. The heat of business worries and scorching trials make me need the cooling influences of the river of His grace; I may go any time and drink to my fill from the inexhaustible fountain, for in summer and in winter it pours forth its stream. The upper springs are never restricted, and blessed be the name of the Lord, the lower springs cannot fail either. Elijah found the brook Cherith dried up, but Jehovah was still the same God of provision. Job said his brethren were like deceitful brooks, but he found his God an overflowing river of comfort. The Nile is the great unfailing resource of Egypt, but its floods are variable; our Lord is evermore the same. By changing the course of the Euphrates, Cyrus took the city of Babylon, but no power, human or demonic, can divert the current of divine grace. The tracks of ancient rivers have been found all dry and desolate, but the streams which take their rise on the mountains of divine sovereignty and infinite love shall ever be full to their banks. Generations pass away, but the course of grace is unaltered. The river of God may sing with greater truth than the brook in the poem–

“Men may come, and men may go,

But I go on forever.”

How happy are you, my soul, to be led beside such still waters! Never wander to other streams, to hear the Lord’s rebuke, “Now what will you gain by traveling along the way to Egypt to drink the waters of the muddy Nile?”