Morning, December 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Salt as needed.” — Ezra 7:22
Salt was used in every offering made by fire to the Lord, and from its preserving and purifying properties it was the comforting symbol of divine grace in the soul. It is worthy of our close attention that, when Artaxerxes gave salt to Ezra the priest, he set no limit to the quantity, and we may be quite certain that when the King of kings distributes grace among his royal priesthood, the supply is not cut short by him. Often are we impoverished in ourselves, but never in the Lord. He who chooses to gather much manna will find that he may have as much as he desires. There is no such famine in Jerusalem that the citizens should eat their bread by weight and drink their water by measure. Some things in the economy of grace are measured; for instance our bitter medicines are given us with such exactness that we never have a single drop too much, but of the salt of grace no sparing is made, “Ask what you will and it shall be given to you.” Parents need to lock up the fruit cupboard, and the jars of sweets, but there is no need to keep the salt under lock and key, for few children will eat too greedily from that. A man may have too much money, or too much honor, but he cannot have too much grace. When Jeshurun (Israel) grew fat in the flesh, he forsook God, but there is no fear of a man’s becoming too full of grace: a overabundance of grace is impossible. More wealth brings more worry, but more grace brings more joy. Increased wisdom is increased sorrow, but abundance of the Spirit is fulness of joy. Believer, go to the throne for a large supply of heavenly salt. It will season your afflictions, which are unsavory without salt; it will preserve you heart which corrupts if salt is absent, and it will kill your sins even as salt kills reptiles. You need much; seek much, and have much.