Morning, February 7, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Arise and go, for this is no place of rest.” — Micah 2:10

The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all—”Arise, and go forth from the home in which you have dwelt, from the city in which you have done your business, from your family, from your friends. Arise, and take your last journey.” And what do we know of the journey? And what do we know of the country to which we are bound? We have read a little about it, and some has been revealed to us by the Spirit; but how little do we know of the realms of the future! We know that there is a black and stormy river called “Death.” God bids us to cross it, promising to be with us. And, after death, what comes? What wonder-world will open to our astonished sight? What scene of glory will be unfolded to our view? No traveler has ever returned to tell. But we know enough of the heavenly land to make us welcome our summons there with joy and gladness. The journey of death may be dark, but we may go forth on it fearlessly, knowing that God is with us as we walk through the gloomy valley, and therefore we need not fear evil. We shall be departing from all we have known and loved here, but we shall be going to our Father’s house—to our Father’s home, where Jesus is—to that royal “city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” This shall be our last journey, to dwell forever with him whom we love, amid his people, in the presence of God. Christian, meditate much on heaven, it will help you to press on, and to forget the work along the way. This valley of tears is only the pathway to the better country: this world of woe is but the stepping-stone to a world of happiness.

“Prepare us, Lord, by grace divine,

For thy bright courts on high;

Then bid our spirits rise, and join

The chorus of the sky.”