Evening, March 14, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I will guard my ways.” — Psalm 39:1
Fellow sojourner, do not say in in your heart, “I will randomly go here and there, and I shall not sin;” for you are never so removed from the danger of sinning that you can boast of security. The road is very muddy; it will be hard to pick your path so as not to soil your garments. This is a world covered in pitch; you will need to watch often, if in handling it you are to keep your hands clean. There is a robber at every turn of the road to rob you of your jewels; there is a temptation in every blessing; there is a trap in every joy; and if you ever reach heaven, it will be a miracle of divine grace to be attributed entirely to your Father’s power. Be on your guard. When a man carries a stick of dynamite in his hand, he should take care that he does not go near a candle; and you too must take care that you not enter into temptation. Even your everyday actions are sharp-edged tools; you must mind how you handle them. There is nothing in this world to foster a Christian’s virtue, but everything to destroy it. How anxious you should be, to look up to God, that he may keep you! Your prayer should be, “God, hold me up, and I shall be safe.” Having prayed, you must also watch; guarding every thought, word, and action, with holy jealousy. Do not expose yourselves unnecessarily; but if called to exposure, if you are requested to go where the arrows are flying, never venture forth without your shield; for if once the devil finds you without your armor, he will rejoice that his hour of triumph is come, and will soon make you fall, wounded by his darts. Though you cannot be slain, you may be wounded. “Be sober; be vigilant, the most danger may be in an hour when all seems most secure to you.” Therefore, take heed to your ways, and watch and pray. No man ever fell into error through being too watchful. May the Holy Spirit guide us in all our ways, so they shall always please the Lord.