Evening, March 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Lord.” — Lamentations 3:40
The spouse who fondly loves her absent husband longs for his return; a long, protracted separation from him is like death to her spirit: and so it is with souls who love the Savior much; they must see his face, they cannot bear that he should be away upon the mountains of Lebanon, and has communion with them no more. A reproaching glance, an uplifted finger will be grave to loving children, who fear to offend their tender father, and are only happy when he smiles. Beloved, it was once so with you. A text of Scripture, a threatening, a touch of the rod of affliction, and you went to your Father’s feet, crying, “Show me where you contend with me?” Is this true now? Are you content to follow Jesus from afar off? Can you consider suspended communion with Christ without alarm? Can you bear to have your Beloved walking contrary to you, because you walk contrary to him? Have your sins separated you and your God, and is your heart at rest? O let me affectionately warn you, for it is a grievous thing when we can live contentedly without the present enjoyment of the Savior’s face. Let us strive to feel what an evil thing this is–little love to our own dying Savior, little joy in our precious Jesus, little fellowship with the Beloved! Hold a true Lent in your souls, while you grieve over your hardness of heart. Do not stop at sorrow! Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the cross. There, and there only, can you get your spirit quickened. No matter how hard, how oblivious, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all our rags and poverty, and the defilement of our natural condition. Let us clasp that cross, let us look into those relaxed eyes, let us bathe in that fountain filled with blood—this will bring back to us our first love; this will restore the simplicity of our faith, and the tenderness of our heart.