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Morning and Evening

For the morning of January 19th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"I sought him, but I found him not." --Song of Solomon 3:1

Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lostChrist in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is thereyou must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? Youwill find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of thesin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member inwhich the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglectingthe Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It isa true proverb, "Look for a thing where you dropped it, it isthere." So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has notgone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyantells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to theArbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had evertravelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mileback for the lost evidence.

Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him. But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought youwould never have parted with such a precious friend, whosepresence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whosecompany is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Himevery moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since youhave let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, eventhough you mournfully groan, "O that I knew where I might findHim!" Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord.Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like atree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in thetempest--not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heartseek Him, and He will be found of thee: only give thyselfthoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discoverHim to thy joy and gladness.

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