Morning, December 29, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Thus far the Lord has helped us.” — 1 Samuel 7:12
The phrase “thus far” seems like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet, “Thus far the Lord has helped us!” Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health, at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea, in honor, in dishonor, in perplexity, in joy, in trial, in triumph, in prayer, in temptation, “Thus far the Lord has helped us!” We take pleasure in looking down a long avenue of trees. It is delightful to gaze from end to end of the long vista, a sort of verdant temple, with its branching pillars and its arches of leaves; even so look down the long avenues of your years, at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong pillars of lovingkindness and faithfulness which bear up your joys. Are there no birds in those distant branches singing? Surely there must be many, and they all sing of mercy received “thus far.”
But the word also points forward. For when a man gets up to a certain mark and writes “thus far,” he is not yet at the end; there is still a distance to be traversed. More trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; and then come sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over now? No! There is more yet: awakening in Jesus’ likeness, thrones, harps, songs, psalms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the society of saints, the glory of God, the fullness of eternity, the infinity of ecstasy. O be of good courage, believer, and with grateful confidence raise your”Ebenezer,” for–
He who hath helped thee hitherto
Will help thee all thy journey through.
When read in heaven’s light how glorious and marvelous a prospect will your “thus far” unfold to your grateful eye!