Evening, July 10, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”
The evening was “darkness” and the morning was “light,” and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to the light alone! This is somewhat remarkable, but it has an exact analogy in spiritual experience. In every believer there is darkness and light, and yet he is not to be named a sinner because there is sin in him, but he is to be named a saint — holy one — because he possesses some degree of holiness. This will be a very comforting thought to those who are mourning their weaknesses, and who ask, “Can I be a child of God while there is so much darkness in me?” Yes; for you, like the day, do not take your name from the evening, but from the morning; and you are spoken of in the word of God as if you were even now perfectly holy as you will be soon. You are called the child of light, though there is darkness in you still. You are named after what is the prevailing quality in the sight of God, which will one day be the only principle remaining. Notice that the evening comes first. Naturally we are darkness first in the order of time, and the gloom is often first in our despairing dread, driving us to cry out in deep humiliation, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” Secondly, after evening comes morning; it dawns when grace overcomes nature. It is a blessed aphorism of John Bunyan, “That which is last, lasts forever.” That which is first, yields in due season to the last; but nothing comes after the last. So that though you are naturally darkness, when once you become light in the Lord, there is no evening to follow; “your sun shall no more go down.” The first day in this life is an evening and a morning; but the second day, when we shall be with God, forever, shall be a day with no evening, but one, sacred, high, eternal noon.