Morning, December 12, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“His ways are everlasting.” — Habakkuk 3:6
What he has done before, he will do yet again. Man’s ways are variable, but God’s ways are everlasting. There are many reasons for this most comforting truth: among them are the following: the Lord’s ways are the result of wise deliberation; he orders all things according to the counsel of his own will. Human action is frequently the hasty result of passion, or fear, and is followed by regret and change; but nothing can take the Almighty by surprise, or happen otherwise than he has foreseen. His ways are the outgrowth of an unchangeable character, and in them the fixed and established attributes of God are clearly to be seen. Unless the Eternal One himself can undergo change, his ways, which are himself in action, must remain forever the same. Is he eternally just, gracious, faithful, wise, tender? Then his ways must ever be distinguished for the same qualities. Beings act according to their nature: when those natures change, their conduct varies also; but since God cannot know any variation or shifting shadow, his ways will stand everlastingly the same. Moreover, there is no external reason which could reverse the divine ways, since they are the embodiment of irresistible might. The earth is said, by the prophet, to be cleft with rivers, with mountains trembling; the deep lifts up its hands, and sun and moon stand still, when Jehovah marches forth for the salvation of his people. Who can stay his hand, or say to him, What are you doing? But it is not might alone which gives stability; God’s ways are the manifestation of the eternal principles of Right, and therefore can never pass away. Wrong breeds decay and involves ruin, but the true and the good have about them a vitality which ages cannot diminish.
This morning let us go to our heavenly Father with confidence, remembering that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him the Lord is ever gracious to his people.