Evening, October 2, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“A man greatly beloved.” — Daniel 10:11 (KJV; “A man highly esteemed,” NASB)
Child of God, do you hesitate to assume this title? Aha! Has your unbelief made you forget that you are greatly beloved too? Must you not have been greatly beloved, to have been bought with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot? When God struck his only begotten Son for you, what was this but being greatly beloved? You lived in sin, and ran amok in it; must you not have been greatly beloved for God to have borne so patiently with you? You were called by grace and led to a Savior, and made a child of God and an heir of heaven. All this proves, does it not, a very great and superabundant love? Since that time, whether your path has been rough with troubles, or smooth with mercies, it has been full of proofs that you are a man greatly beloved. If the Lord has disciplined you, still he did it not in anger; if he has made you poor, still in grace you have been rich. The more unworthy you feel yourself to be, the more evidence have you that nothing but unspeakable love could have led the Lord Jesus to save such a soul as yours. The more imperfect you feel, the clearer is the display of the abounding love of God in having chosen you, and called you, and made you an heir of heaven. Now, if there be such love between God and us let us live in the influence and happiness of it, and use the privilege of our position. Do not let us approach our Lord as though we were strangers, or as though he were unwilling to hear us–for we are greatly beloved by our loving Father. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Come boldly, O believer, for despite the whispering of Satan and the doubting of your own heart, you are greatly beloved. Meditate on the exceeding greatness and faithfulness of divine love this evening, and so go to your bed in peace.