Evening, January 6, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Now the hand of the Lord had been upon me in the evening.” — Ezekiel 33:22
This may be the way judgment is revealed, and, if so, it is up to me to consider the reason of such a visitation, and endure the rod and him that has appointed it. I am not the only one who is chastened in the night season; let me cheerfully submit to the affliction, and carefully endeavor to be profited by it. But the hand of the Lord may also be felt in another manner, strengthening the soul and lifting the spirit upward towards eternal things. O that in this sense I may feel the Lord dealing with me! A sense of the divine presence and indwelling bears the soul towards heaven as upon the wings of eagles. At such times we are full to the brim with spiritual joy, and forget the cares and sorrows of earth; the invisible is near, and the visible loses its power over us; the servant, our body waits at the foot of the hill, and the master, our spirit worships upon the summit in the presence of the Lord. O that a consecrated season of divine communion may be granted to me this evening! The Lord knows that I need it very greatly. My graces weaken, my corruptions rage, my faith is weak, my devotion is cold; all these are reasons why his healing hand should be laid upon me. His hand can cool the heat of my burning brow, and stay the tumult of my fluttering heart. That glorious right hand which molded the world can newly create my mind; the unwearied hand which bears the earth’s huge pillars up can sustain my spirit; the loving hand which encloses all the saints can cherish me; and the mighty hand which breaks the enemy in pieces can subdue my sins. Why should I not feel that hand touching me this evening? Come, my soul, address your God with the powerful plea, that Jesus’ hands were pierced for your redemption, and you shalt surely feel that same hand upon you which once touched Daniel and set him upon his knees that he might see visions of God.