Patient Endurance with Hopeful Watching

I can (endure) all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4:13

Watch and pray… – Mark 13:33

We are here, like soldiers on guard, waiting for the dawn. It is night, and the night is deepening; how shall we occupy ourselves until the day break, and the shadows flee away?

Well, first, we will wait in the darkness with patient endurance as long as God appoints it. Whatever of shadow is yet to come, whatever of cold damp air and dews of the night is yet to fall upon us, we will bear it. Soldiers of the cross, you must not wish to avoid these shadows; He who has called you to this service knew that it would be night time, and He called you to night duty; and being put upon the night watch, keep at your post. It is not for any of us to say, “We will desert because it is so dark.” Has not the thought sometimes crossed your mind, “I am not succeeding; I will run away”? Have you not often felt, like Jonah, that you would go to Tarshish that you might escape from delivering your Master’s message? Oh, do not so! The day will break, and the shadows flee away; and until then, watch through the night, and fear not the shadows. Play the man, remembering through what a sevenfold night your Master passed, when, in Gethsemane, He endured even to a bloody sweat for you. When, on the cross, even His mid-day was midnight, what must have been the darkness over His spirit? He bore it; then bear you it. Let no thought of fear pass over your mind; or, if it does, let not your heart be troubled, but rise above your fear until the day break, and the shadows flee away. Be of good courage, soldiers of Christ, and still wait on in patient endurance.

Let there be hopeful watching. Keep your eyes towards the East, and look for the first grey sign of the coming morning. “Watch!” Oh, how little is done of this kind of work! We scarcely watch as we ought against the devil; but how little do we watch for the coming of our Master! Look for every sign of His appearing, and be ever listening for the sound of His chariot wheels. Keep the candle burning in the window, to let Him see that you are awake; keep the door on the latch, that when He cometh you may quickly open unto Him. Hopefully watch until the day break, and the shadows flee away. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

3 thoughts on “Patient Endurance with Hopeful Watching

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    Daily Prayer (By Spurgeon)

    Truly, since we have received so many mercies at Your hand, we do feel that You will never forsake us, nor in any darkness, which may be in our path in the future, will You desert Your own. You have done too much for us, to desert us now. We have cost You so much—Oh wondrous price that You have paid for us—and You have spent so much of wise thought, and gracious act upon us, that we are persuaded You will go through with the work which Your wisdom has undertaken.

    Give us faith to believe this: when the stormy times come, let us not doubt, but what our Helmsman will bring us to the desired haven. Though winds and waves assault our keel, may we still find perfect peace, and rest in the thought that He who steers our ship is master of winds and waves. Comfort your children this morning, great Father, if any of them are in doubt just now; and bring them all into an assured confidence, and perfect restfulness in the Lord their God.



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