Evening, July 17, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Do not let one of them escape.” — 1 Kings 18:40
When the prophet Elijah had received the answer to his prayer, and the fire from heaven had consumed the sacrifice in the presence of all the people, he called upon the assembled Israelites to take the priests of Baal, and sternly cried, “Let not one of them escape.” He took them all down to the brook Kishon, and killed them there. So must it be with our sins–they are all doomed, not one must be preserved. Our dearest sin must die. Don’t spare it despite its much crying. Strike, though it be as dear as an Isaac. Strike, for God struck at sin when it was laid upon his own Son. With stern unflinching purpose must you condemn to death that sin which was once the idol of your heart. Do you ask how you are to accomplish this?
Jesus will be your power. You have grace to overcome sin given you in the covenant of grace; you have strength to win the victory in the crusade against inward lust, because Christ Jesus has promised to be with you even unto the end. If you would triumph over darkness, set yourself in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness. There is no place so well suited for the discovery of sin, and recovery from its power and guilt, than as the immediate presence of God. Job never knew how to get rid of sin half so well as he did when his eye of faith rested upon God, and then he loathed himself, and repented in dust and ashes. The fine gold of the Christian is often becoming tarnished. We need the holy fire to consume the dross. Let us run to our God, he is a consuming fire; he will not consume our spirit, but our sins. Let the goodness of God stimulate us to a sacred jealousy, and to a holy revenge against those iniquities which are hateful in his sight. Go forth to battle with Amalek, in his strength, and utterly destroy the accursed troop: let not one of them escape.