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Morning and Evening

For the evening of September 16th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"Am I a sea, or a whale, that Thou settest a watch over me?" --Job 7:12

This was a strange question for Job to ask of the Lord. Hefelt himself to be too insignificant to be so strictly watchedand chastened, and he hoped that he was not so unruly as to needto be so restrained. The enquiry was natural from one surroundedwith such insupportable miseries, but after all, it is capableof a very humbling answer. It is true man is not the sea, but heis even more troublesome and unruly. The sea obediently respectsits boundary, and though it be but a belt of sand, it does notoverleap the limit. Mighty as it is, it hears the divinehitherto, and when most raging with tempest it respects theword; but self-willed man defies heaven and oppresses earth,neither is there any end to this rebellious rage. The sea,obedient to the moon, ebbs and flows with ceaseless regularity,and thus renders an active as well as a passive obedience; butman, restless beyond his sphere, sleeps within the lines ofduty, indolent where he should be active. He will neither comenor go at the divine command, but sullenly prefers to do what heshould not, and to leave undone that which is required of him.Every drop in the ocean, every beaded bubble, and every yeastyfoam-flake, every shell and pebble, feel the power of law, andyield or move at once. O that our nature were but one thousandthpart as much conformed to the will of God! We call the seafickle and false, but how constant it is! Since our fathers'days, and the old time before them, the sea is where it was,beating on the same cliffs to the same tune; we know where tofind it, it forsakes not its bed, and changes not in itsceaseless boom; but where is man-vain, fickle man? Can the wiseman guess by what folly he will next be seduced from hisobedience? We need more watching than the billowy sea, and arefar more rebellious. Lord, rule us for Thine own glory. Amen.

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