Evening, July 18, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“They do not crowd each other, They march everyone in his path.”
Joel 2:8

Locusts always keep their rank, and although their number is very great, they do not crowd upon each other, lest they throw their columns into confusion. This remarkable fact in natural history shows how thoroughly the Lord has infused the spirit of order into his universe, since the smallest animated creatures are as much controlled by it as are the orbiting planets or the heavenly messengers. It would be wise for believers to be ruled by the same influence in all their spiritual life. In their Christian giftings no one virtue should usurp the domain of another, or consume the life of the rest for its own support. Affection must not smother honesty, courage must not elbow weakness out of the field, modesty must not jostle energy, and patience must not slaughter resolution. So it is with our duties; one must not interfere with another; public usefulness must not impair private devotion; church work must not push family worship into a corner. It is deficient to offer God one responsibility stained with the blood of another. Each thing is beautiful in its season, but not otherwise. It was to the Pharisee that Jesus said, “This you should have done, and not to have left the other undone.” The same rule applies to our personal position, we must take care to know our place, take it, and keep to it. We must minister as the Spirit has given us ability, and not intrude upon our fellow servant’s domain. Our Lord Jesus taught us not to covet  high positions, but to be willing to be the least among the brethren. Rather than have an envious, ambitious spirit, let us feel the force of the Master’s command, and do as he bids us, keeping rank with the rest of the army. Tonight let us see whether we are keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, and let our prayer be that, in all the churches of the Lord Jesus, peace and order may prevail.