'Morning & Evening' by CH Spurgeon
Public Domain
July 11, Morning

“After that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” - I Peter 5:10

You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: glorious are its colours, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, alas, it passes away, and lo, it is not. The fair colours give way to the fleecy clouds, and the sky is no longer brilliant with the tints of heaven. It is not established. How can it be? A glorious show made up of transitory sun-beams and passing rain-drops, how can it abide? The graces of the Christian character must not resemble the rainbow in its transitory beauty, but, on the contrary, must be stablished, settled, abiding. Seek, O believer, that every good thing you have may be an abiding thing. May your character not be a writing upon the sand, but an inscription upon the rock! May your faith be no “baseless fabric of a vision,” but may it be builded of material able to endure that awful fire which shall consume the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite. May you be rooted and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love real, your desires earnest. May your whole life be so settled and established, that all the blasts of hell, and all the storms of earth shall never be able to remove you. But notice how this blessing of being “stablished in the faith” is gained. The apostle’s words point us to suffering as the means employed—“After that ye have suffered awhile.” It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if no rough winds pass over us. Those old gnarlings on the root of the oak tree, and those strange twistings of the branches, all tell of the many storms that have swept over it, and they are also indicators of the depth into which the roots have forced their way. So the Christian is made strong, and firmly rooted by all the trials and storms of life. Shrink not then from the tempestuous winds of trial, but take comfort, believing that by their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you.

Lyrics

May your faith be no fabrication
May it be built upon The Rock
And so endure the awful fire
Which shall consume the wood and hay

May you be rooted and well grounded
(in love)
May your convictions....be deep
(your love)
And may your love be real
And your desires ....earnest

And may your whole life be so firm and strong

That all the blasts of hell
all the storms of earth
all the storms of life
Never can remove you

Those old knots on the roots of oak trees
strange twistings of the branches, high
all tell of many storms swept over
and tell the depth the roots are forced

And so the Christian is made strong and firm

Firmly rooted by
All the trials of life
All the storms of life
Never can remove you

Therefore, don't shrink from winds of trial (be comforted)
believing by their discipline
God is fulfilling this Benediction to you

For after you have suffered for while
He will Himself restore
And make you strong
And make you firm
and steadfast...