Morning, May 11, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I am with you always.” — Matthew 28:20
It is good that there is One who is forever the same, and who is forever with us. It is good that there is one stable rock amidst the breakers of the sea of life. O my soul, do not set your affections upon rusting, crumbling, decaying treasures, but set your heart upon him who abides forever faithful to you. Do not build your house upon the moving quicksand of a deceitful world, but settle your hope upon this rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably secure. My soul, I charge you, store your treasure in the only secure place; store your jewels where you can never lose them. Put everything you have in Christ; set all your affection on his person, all your hope in his merit, all your trust in his beneficial blood, all your joy in his presence, and so you may laugh at loss, and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world’s garden fade by turns of time, and the day will come when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth. Death’s black extinguisher must soon put out your candle. Oh! How sweet to have sunlight when the candle is gone! The dark flood must soon roll between you and all you have; then unite your heart to him who will never leave you; trust yourself with him who will go with you through the black and surging current of death’s stream, and who will land you safely on the celestial shore, and make you sit with him in heavenly places forever. Go, sorrowing son of affliction, tell your secrets to the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Trust all your concerns with him who never can be taken from you, who will never leave you, and who will never let you leave him, even “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” “Lo, I am with you always,” is enough for my soul to live upon, despite any others who will forsake me.