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

“So all Israel went down to the Philistines, each to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, and his hoe.” — 1 Samuel 13:20

We are engaged in a great war with the Philistines of evil. Every weapon within our reach must be used. Preaching, teaching, praying, giving, all must be brought into action, and talents which have been thought too common for service, must now be employed. Hoe, and axe, and pickaxe, may all be useful in slaying Philistines; rough tools may deal hard blows, and killing does not need to be elegantly done, so long as it is done effectively. Each moment of time, in season or out of season; each fragment of ability, educated or untutored; each opportunity, favorable or unfavorable, must be used, for our foes are many and our numbers are small.

Most of our tools need sharpening; we need quickness of perception, tact, energy, promptness: in a word, complete adaptation for the Lord’s work. Practical common sense is a very scarce thing among the performers of Christian enterprises. We might learn from our enemies if possible, and so make the Philistines sharpen our weapons. This morning let us note enough to sharpen our passion during this day by the aid of the Holy Spirit. See the energy of cultists: how they compass land and sea to make one follower; are they to monopolize all the industriousness? Note the many devotees of other religions, what tortures they endure in the service of their idols! Are they alone to exhibit patience and self-sacrifice? Observe the prince of darkness, how persevering in his endeavors, how unabashed in his attempts, how daring in his plans, how thoughtful in his plots, how energetic in all! The devils are united as one in their infamous rebellion, while we believers in Jesus are divided in our service of God, and scarcely ever work with unanimity. O that from Satan’s infernal industry we may learn to go about like good Samaritans, seeking whom we may bless!