Monday, June 26, 2017

Christians have sunshine and darkness



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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon- public domain.
Edited by Steve Bloem while retaining the message.
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“You are  are my hope in the day of evil.”
- Jeremiah 17:17



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The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God’s Word, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace;” and it is a great truth, that religion is calculated to give a man happiness below as well as heaven above; but experience tells us that if the course of the just be, “as the shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect day,” yet sometimes that light is eclipsed. 
At certain periods clouds cover the believer’s sun, and he walks in darkness and sees no light. There are many who have rejoiced in the presence of God for a season; they have basked in the sunshine in the earlier stages of their Christian career; they have walked along the green pastures by the side of the still waters, but suddenly they find the glorious sky is clouded; instead of Goshen (where Israel had light and  Egypt had total darkness), they have to tread the sandy desert; in the place of sweet waters, they find troubled streams, bitter to their taste, and they say; “Surely, if I were a child of God, this would not happen.” 


Oh! "Don’t talk like that you who are walking in darkness." The best of God’s people must drink the bitter wormwood; the dearest of his children must bear the cross. No Christian has enjoyed perpetual prosperity; no believer can always keep his harp from the willows (where the musicians of Israel hung their musical instruments during captivity.   Perhaps the Lord allotted you at first a smooth and unclouded path, because you were weak and timid. He tempered the wind to the shave the  lamb, but now that you are stronger in the spiritual life, you must enter upon the riper and rougher experience of God’s full-grown children. We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.
The above portion was abridged by  Rev. Steve Bloem. B.A. M.M.

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