Morning, October 5, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights.” — 1 Kings 19:8
All the strength supplied to us by our gracious God is meant for service, not for immorality or boasting. When the prophet Elijah laid under the juniper tree and found the cake baked on the coals, and the jar of water placed at his head, he was no aristocrat to be content with delicate fare that he might stretch himself at his ease; rather otherwise, he was commissioned to go forty days and forty nights in the strength of it, journeying towards Horeb, the mountain of God. When the Master invited the disciples to “Come and dine” with him, after the feast was concluded he said to Peter, “Feed my sheep,” further adding, “Follow me.” Even so it is with us; we eat the bread of heaven, that we may expend our strength in the Master’s service. We come to the Passover, and eat of the paschal lamb with hips belted, and staff in hand, so as to start off at once when we have satisfied our hunger. Some Christians are fine for living on Christ, but are not so anxious to live for Christ. Earth should be a preparation for heaven; and heaven is the place where believers feast most and work most. They sit down at the table of our Lord, and they serve him day and night in his temple. They eat of heavenly food and render perfect service. Believer, in the strength you gain daily from Christ, labor for him. Some of us have yet to learn much concerning the strategy of our Lord in giving us his grace. We are not to retain the precious grains of truth as an Egyptian mummy held the wheat for ages, without giving it an opportunity to grow: we must sow it and water it. Why does the Lord send down the rain upon the thirsty earth, and give the friendly sunshine? Is it not that these may all help the fruits of the earth to yield food for man? Even so the Lord feeds and refreshes our souls that we may afterwards use our renewed strength in the promotion of his glory.