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Morning and Evening
For the evening of August 28th
by Charles H. Spurgeon
"Sing, O barren." --Isaiah 54:1
Though we have brought forth some fruit unto Christ, and have a joyful hope that we are "plants of His own right handplanting," yet there are times when we feel very barren. Prayeris lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in thegarden of our heart languishes and droops. We are like flowersin the hot sun, requiring the refreshing shower. In such acondition what are we to do? The text is addressed to us in justsuch a state. "Sing, O barren, break forth and cry aloud." Butwhat can I sing about? I cannot talk about the present, and eventhe past looks full of barrenness. Ah! I can sing of JesusChrist. I can talk of visits which the Redeemer has aforetimespaid to me; or if not of these, I can magnify the great lovewherewith He loved His people when He came from the heights ofheaven for their redemption. I will go to the cross again. Come,my soul, heavy laden thou wast once, and thou didst lose thyburden there. Go to Calvary again. Perhaps that very crosswhich gave thee life may give thee fruitfulness. What is mybarrenness? It is the platform for His fruit-creating power.What is my desolation? It is the black setting for the sapphireof His everlasting love. I will go in poverty, I will go inhelplessness, I will go in all my shame and backsliding, I willtell Him that I am still His child, and in confidence in Hisfaithful heart, even I, the barren one, will sing and cry aloud.
Sing, believer, for it will cheer thine own heart, and thehearts of other desolate ones. Sing on, for now that thou artreally ashamed of being barren, thou wilt be fruitful soon; nowthat God makes thee loath to be without fruit He will sooncover thee with clusters. The experience of our barrenness ispainful, but the Lord's visitations are delightful. A sense ofour own poverty drives us to Christ, and that is where we needto be, for in Him is our fruit found.
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