Evening, October 22, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” — John 16:15
There are times when all the promises and doctrines of the Bible are of no benefit, unless a gracious hand applies them to us. We are thirsty, but too weak to crawl to the stream of water. When a soldier is wounded in battle it is of little use for him to know that there are those at the hospital who can dress his wounds, and medicine there to ease all the pain which he now suffers: what he needs is to be carried there, and to have the treatments applied. It is also so with our souls, and to meet this need there is one, even the Spirit of truth, who takes of the things of Jesus, and applies them to us. Do not think that Christ has placed his delights on heavenly shelves that we may climb up to them for ourselves, but he draws near, and sheds his peace abroad in our hearts. O Christian, if you are tonight laboring under deep distress, your Father does not give you promises and then leave you to draw them up from the Word like buckets from a well, but the promises he has written in the Word he will write anew on your heart. He will demonstrate his love to you, and by his blessed Spirit, dispel your cares and troubles. Be it known to you, O mourner, that it is God’s prerogative to wipe every tear from the eye of his people. The good Samaritan did not say, “Here is the wine, and here is the oil for you;” he actually poured in the oil and the wine. So, Jesus not only gives you the sweet wine of the promise, but holds the golden chalice to your lips, and pours the life-blood into your mouth. The poor, sick, way-worn pilgrim is not merely strengthened to walk, but he is borne on eagles’ wings. It is such a glorious gospel which provides everything for the helpless, which draws close to us when we cannot reach after it, and brings us grace before we seek for grace! There is here as much glory in the giving as in the gift. They are happy people who have the Holy Spirit to bring Jesus to them.