Evening, February 12, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.” — John 14:16
Our Great Father revealed himself to believers of old before the coming of his Son, and was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as the God Almighty. Then Jesus came, and the Son, blessed forever in his own identifiable person, was the delight of his people’s eyes. At the time of the Redeemer’s ascension, the Holy Spirit became the head of the present dispensation, and his power was magnificently manifested in and after Pentecost. He remains at this hour the present Immanuel—God with us, dwelling in and with his people, enlivening, guiding, and ruling in their midst. Is his presence recognized as it ought to be? We cannot control his actions; he is truly sovereign in all his operations, but are we sufficiently anxious to obtain his help, or sufficiently watchful in case we provoke him to withdraw his aid?
Without him we can do nothing, but by his almighty energy the most extraordinary results can be produced: everything depends upon him manifesting or concealing his power. Do we always look up to him both for our inner life and our outward service with the respectful dependence which is fitting? Do we too often run before his call and act independently of his aid? Let us humble ourselves this evening for past neglect, and now implore the heavenly dew to rest upon us, the sacred oil to anoint us, the celestial flame to burn within us. The Holy Spirit is no temporary gift; he abides with believers. We have only to seek him faithfully, and he will be found of us. He is jealous, but he is full of pity for us; if he leaves in anger, he returns in mercy. Reaching down to us tenderly, he does not weary of us, but awaits to be gracious still.
Sin has been hammering my heart
Unto a hardness, void of love,
Let supplying grace to cross his art
Drop from above.