Evening, January 2, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“And let the peoples gain new strength.” — Isaiah 41:1

All things on earth need to be renewed. No created thing continues by itself. “You renew the face of the ground,” was the Psalmist’s statement. Even the trees, which do not wear themselves down with care, nor shorten their lives with labor, must drink of the rain of heaven and draw from the hidden treasures of the soil. The cedars of Lebanon, which God has planted, only live because day by day they are full of sap drawn fresh from the earth. Neither can man’s life be sustained without renewal from God. Just as it is necessary to repair the decline of the body by the frequent meal, so we must repair the decline of the soul by feeding upon the Book of God, or by listening to the preached Word, or by the soul-enriching table of ceremonies and practices. How depressed are our graces when spiritual methods are neglected! How some believers starve who live without the diligent use of the Word of God and private prayer! If our piety can live without God it is not of divine origin; it is but a dream; for if God had birthed it, it would wait upon him as the flowers wait upon the dew. Without constant restoration we are not ready for the perpetual assaults of hell, or the stern afflictions of heaven, or even for the strife within. When the whirlwind comes, woe to the tree that has not drawn  up fresh sap, and grasped the rock with many intertwined roots. When tempests arise, woe to the mariners that have not strengthened their mast, nor cast their anchor, nor sought the haven. If we allow the good to grow weaker, the evil will surely gather strength and struggle desperately for mastery over us; and so, perhaps, a painful desolation, and a regrettable disgrace may follow. Let us draw near to the footstool of divine mercy in humble request, and we shall realize the fulfillment of the promise, “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”