Morning, September 17, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Bring him to me.” — Mark 9:19
In despair, the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all measures had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when the parent in faith obeyed the Lord Jesus’ word, “Bring him to me.” Children are a precious gift from God, but much anxiety comes with them. They may be a great joy or a great bitterness to their parents; they may be filled with the Spirit of God, or possessed with the spirit of evil. In all cases, the Word of God gives us one recipe for the curing of all their ills, “Bring him to me.” Oh, for more agonizing prayer on their behalf while they are yet babes! Sin is there, let our prayers begin to attack it. Our cries for our offspring should precede those cries which portend their actual arrival into a world of sin. In the days of their youth we shall see sad indications of that dumb and deaf spirit which will neither pray correctly, nor hear the voice of God in the soul, but Jesus still commands, “Bring them to me.” When they are grown up they may wallow in sin and foam with enmity against God; then when our hearts are breaking we should remember the great Physician’s words, “Bring them to me.” We must never cease to pray until they cease to breathe. No case is hopeless while Jesus lives.
The Lord sometimes tolerates his people to be driven into a corner so that they may experientially know how necessary he is to them. Ungodly children, when they show us our own powerlessness against the depravity of their hearts, drive us to flee to the strong for strength, and this is a great blessing to us. Whatever our morning’s need may be, let it like a strong current bear us to the ocean of divine love. Jesus can soon remove our sorrow; he delights to comfort us. Let us hurry to him while he waits to meet us.