Morning, August 11, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Oh that I were as in months gone by.” — Job 29:2
There are numbers of Christians that view the past with pleasure, , but regard the present with dissatisfaction; they look back upon the days passed in which they have felt at one with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever known, but as to the present, it is clad in a black mourning garb of gloom and dreariness. Once they lived near to Jesus, but now they feel that they have wandered from him, and they say, “Oh that I were as in months gone by!” They complain that they have lost the signs of their salvation, or that they have no longer any peace of mind, or that they have no enjoyment in worship, or that their conscience is not so tender, or that they have lost much passion for God’s exaltation. There are numerous causes of this sorrowful state of things. It may arise through a relative neglect of prayer, for a neglected time of prayer is the beginning of all spiritual decline. Or it may be the result of idolatry. The heart has been occupied with something else, more than with God; the affections have been set on the things of earth, instead of the things of heaven. A jealous God will not be content with a divided heart; he must be loved first and best. He will withdraw the sunshine of his presence from a cold, wandering heart. Or the cause may be found in self-confidence and self-righteousness. Pride is busy in the heart, and self is exalted instead of lying low at the foot of the cross. Christian, if you are not now as you “were in months past,” do not lie at rest satisfied with wishing for a return of former happiness, but go at once to seek your Master, and tell him your miserable state. Ask his grace and strength to help you to walk more closely with him; humble yourself before him, and he will lift you up, and give you opportunity yet again to enjoy the light of his face. Do not sit down to sigh and lament; while the beloved Physician lives there is hope, indeed there is a certainty of recovery for the worst cases.