Daily Devotional 8-6-17

Morning, August 6
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“Watchman, what of the night?”

Isaiah 21:11

What enemies are abroad? Errors are a numerous horde, and new ones appear every hour:
against what heresy am I to be on my guard? Sins creep from their lurking places when the darkness
reigns; I must myself mount the watch-tower, and watch unto prayer. Our heavenly Protector
foresees all the attacks which are about to be made upon us, and when as yet the evil designed us
is but in the desire of Satan, he prays for us that our faith fail not, when we are sifted as wheat.
Continue O gracious Watchman, to forewarn us of our foes, and for Zion’s sake hold not thy peace.

“Watchman, what of the night?” What weather is coming for the Church? Are the clouds
lowering, or is it all clear and fair overhead? We must care for the Church of God with anxious
love; and now that Popery and infidelity are both threatening, let us observe the signs of the times
and prepare for conflict.

“Watchman, what of the night?” What stars are visible? What precious promises suit our present
case? You sound the alarm, give us the consolation also. Christ, the polestar, is ever fixed in his
place, and all the stars are secure in the right hand of their Lord.

But watchman, when comes the morning? The Bridegroom tarries. Are there no signs of his
coming forth as the Sun of Righteousness? Has not the morning star arisen as the pledge of day?
When will the day dawn, and the shadows flee away? O Jesus, if thou come not in person to thy
waiting Church this day, yet come in Spirit to my sighing heart, and make it sing for joy.

“Now all the earth is bright and glad
With the fresh morn;
But all my heart is cold, and dark and sad:
Sun of the soul, let me behold thy dawn!
Come, Jesus, Lord,
O quickly come, according to thy word.”

 

From: www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books%20II/Spurgeon%20Morning%20and%20Evening%20Readings.pdf