Morning, August 9, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it.” — Revelation 21:23

In the better world to come, the inhabitants are independent of all creature comforts. They have no need of apparel; their white robes never wear out, neither shall they ever be stained. They need no medicine to heal diseases, “And no resident will say, “I am sick.” They need no sleep to renew their bodies–they need not rest day nor night, but without weariness praise him in his temple. They need no social relationship to obtain fulfillment, and whatever happiness they may derive from association with their equals is not essential to their joy, for their Lord’s fellowship is enough for their prime desires. They need no teachers there; they doubtless converse with one another concerning the things of God, but they do not require this for instruction; they shall all be taught of the Lord. Ours now are the beggar’s portion at the king’s gate, but they feast at the King’s table itself. Here we lean upon a friendly shoulder, but there they lean upon their Beloved and upon him alone. Here we must have the help of our companions, but there they find all they want in Christ Jesus. Here we look to the meat which perishes, and to the clothing which wears away, but there they find everything in God. We use the bucket to fetch us water from the well, but there they drink from the well spring, and put their lips down to the living water. Here the angels bring us blessings, but we shall need no messengers from heaven then. They shall need no Gabriels there to bring their love notes from God, for there they shall see him face to face. Oh! What a blessed time shall that be when we shall have climbed above every secondary need and shall rest upon the bare arm of God! What a glorious hour when God, and not his creatures; the Lord, and not his works, shall be our daily joy! Our souls shall then have attained the perfection of ecstasy.