Evening, September 7, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“There is anxiety by the sea, it cannot be calmed.” Jeremiah 49:23 (There is sorrow on the sea… KJV)
We know little of what sorrow may be upon the sea at this moment. We are safe in our quiet room, but far away on the ocean the hurricane may be viciously seeking for the lives of men. Hear how the death fiends howl among the rigging; how every timber shudders as the waves beat like battering rams upon the vessel! God help you, poor drenched and wearied ones! My prayer goes up to the great Lord of sea and land, that he will make the storm a calm, and bring you to your desired port! Nor should I only offer prayer, I should try to benefit those robust men who risk their lives so constantly. Have I ever done anything for them? What can I do? Often the agitated sea does swallow up the mariner! Thousands of corpses lie where pearls lie deep. There is death-sorrow on the sea, which is echoed in the long wail of widows and orphans. The salt of the sea is in many eyes of mothers and wives. Remorseless breakers, you have devoured the love of women, and the mainstay of households. Imagine what a resurrection there shall be from the caverns of the deep when the sea gives up her dead! Until then there will be sorrow on the sea. As if in sympathy with the woes of earth, the sea is forever fretting along a thousand shores, wailing with a sorrowful cry like her own birds, booming with a hollow crash of unrest, raging with uproarious discontent, wearing away with hoarse fury, or jingling with the voices of ten thousand murmuring pebbles. The roar of the sea may be joyous to those with joyful spirit, but to the son of sorrow the wide, wide ocean is even more forlorn than the wide, wide world. This is not our rest, and the restless waves tell us so. There is a land where there is no more sea–our faces are steadfastly set towards it; we are going to the place of which the Lord has spoken. Until then, we cast our sorrows on the Lord who trod the sea of old, and who makes a way for his people through the its depths.