Evening, April 26, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Blessed is the one who stays awake.” — Revelation 16:15

“We die daily,” said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not called to pass through the same fearful persecutions in this day; if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test; but the tests of Christian life, at the present moment, though not so terrible outwardly, are yet more likely to overcome us than even those of that turbulent age. We must bear the sneer of the world—but that is little to bear; its flatteries, its soft words, its smooth speeches, its fawning, its hypocrisy, are far worse. Our danger is that we grow rich and become proud, that we give ourselves up to the fashions of this present evil world and lose our faith. Or if wealth is not the trial, worldly concerns are quite as mischievous. If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, we may be hugged to death by the seemingly friendly bear; the devil cares little which it is, so long as he destroys our love to Christ, and our confidence in him. I fear that the Christian church is far more likely to lose her integrity in these soft and silken days than in those rougher times. We must be awake now, for we traverse the enchanted, seductive ground, and are most likely — to our own undoing — to fall asleep, unless our faith in Jesus is a reality, and our love to Jesus a fervent flame. Many in these days of easy profession are likely to prove to be tares, and not wheat; hypocrites with pleasing masks on their faces, but not the true-born children of the living God. Christian, do not think that these are times in which you can dispense with watchfulness or with holy ardor; you need these things more than ever, and may God the eternal Spirit display his omnipotence in you, that you may be able to say, in all these softer things, as well as in the rougher, “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”