Morning, January 19, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I sought him but did not find him.” — Song of Solomon 3:1
Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in your disciplines of prayer, by limiting prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by giving up the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to put to death the area in which the lust dwells. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb: “Look for a thing where you dropped it; it is there.” So, look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us that the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbor of Ease, where he lost his life-assuring scroll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost authentication.
Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to him. But how is it you have lost him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so dear, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so cherished to you! How is it that you did not watch him every moment for fear of losing sight of him? Yet, since you have let him go, what a mercy is it that you are seeking him, even though you mournfully groan, “O that I knew where I might find him!” Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without your Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a withered leaf in the tempest–not bound to the tree of life. With your whole heart seek him, and he will be found of you: only give yourself thoroughly up to the search, and certainly, you shall yet discover him to your joy and gladness.