Evening, March 9, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Abide in me.” — John 15:4

Communion with Christ is a certain cure for every ill. Whether it be the bitter herb of woe, or the sickly-sweet overdose of earthly delight, close fellowship with the Lord Jesus will take bitterness from the one, and fullness from the other. Live near to Jesus, Christian, and it is a matter of secondary importance whether you live on the mountain of honor or in the valley of humiliation. Living near to Jesus, you are covered with the wings of God, and beneath you are his everlasting arms. Let nothing keep you from that consecrated communion, which is the choice privilege of a soul wedded to the well-beloved. Do not be content with a discussion now and then, but seek always to retain his constant company, for only in his presence do you have either comfort or safety. Jesus should not be to us a friend who calls upon us now and then, but one with whom we always walk. You have a difficult road before you: see, O traveler to heaven, that you do not go without your guide. You must pass through the fiery furnace: do not enter, unless—like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—you have the Son of God as your companion. You must storm the Jericho of your own corruption: do not attempt the warfare until, like Joshua, you have seen the Captain of the Lord’s host, with his sword drawn in his hand. You are to meet the Esau of your many temptations: do not meet him until, like Jacob at Jabbok’s brook, you have wrestled the angel and prevailed. In every case, in every condition, you will need Jesus; but most of all in that day, when the iron gates of death shall open to you. Keep close to your soul’s Husband, lean your head into his embrace, ask to be refreshed with the spiced wine of his pomegranate, and you shall be found of him at the end without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. Seeing you have lived with and in him here, you shall abide with him forever.