Morning, November 6, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground.” — Isaiah 44:3

When a believer has fallen into a low, sad state of attitude, he often tries to lift himself out of it by punishing himself with dark and miserable fears. This is not the way to rise from the dust, but to continue in it. We might as well chain the eagle’s wing to make it mount up into flight, as to wallow in doubt in order to increase our grace. It is not the law, but the gospel which saves the seeking soul at first; and it is not a bondage in legalities, but gospel liberty which can restore the swooning believer afterwards. Being slaved to fear does not brings back the backslider to God, but the sweet kindnesses of love allure him to Jesus’ embrace. Are you this morning thirsting for the living God, and unhappy because you cannot find him to the delight of your heart? Have you lost the joy of religion, and your prayer is, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation”? Are you conscious also that you are unfruitful, like the dry ground; that you are not bringing forth the fruit to God which he has a right to expect of you; that you are not nearly as useful in the Church, or in the world, as your heart desires to be? Then here is exactly the promise which you need, “I will pour water upon the thirsty.” You shall receive the grace you so much require, and you shall have it to the utmost extent of your needs. Water refreshes the thirsty: you shall be refreshed; your desires shall be gratified. Water brings to life sleeping vegetables: your life shall be enlivened by fresh grace. Water swells the buds and makes the fruits ripen; you shall have fruitful grace: you shall be made fruitful in the ways of God. Whatever good quality there is in divine grace, you shall enjoy it to the full. All the riches of divine grace you shall receive in plenty; you shall be as if drenched with it: and as sometimes the meadows become flooded by the overflowing rivers, and the fields are turned into pools, so shall you be–the thirsty land shall be springs of water.