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Morning and Evening
For the morning of December 9th
by Charles H. Spurgeon
"Therefore will the Lord wait that He may be gracious unto you." --Isaiah 30:18
God often DELAYS IN ANSWERING PRAYER. We have severalinstances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get theblessing from the angel until near the dawn of day--he had towrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia wasanswered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lordthrice that "the thorn in the flesh" might be taken from him,and he received no assurance that it should be taken away, butinstead thereof a promise that God's grace should be sufficientfor him. If thou hast been knocking at the gate of mercy, andhast received no answer, shall I tell thee why the mighty Makerhath not opened the door and let thee in? Our Father has reasonspeculiar to Himself for thus keeping us waiting. Sometimes itis to show His power and His sovereignty, that men may know thatJehovah has a right to give or to withhold. More frequently thedelay is for our profit. Thou art perhaps kept waiting in orderthat thy desires may be more fervent. God knows that delay willquicken and increase desire, and that if He keeps thee waitingthou wilt see thy necessity more clearly, and wilt seek moreearnestly; and that thou wilt prize the mercy all the more forits long tarrying. There may also be something wrong in theewhich has need to be removed, before the joy of the Lord isgiven. Perhaps thy views of the Gospel plan are confused, orthou mayest be placing some little reliance on thyself, insteadof trusting simply and entirely to the Lord Jesus. Or, God makesthee tarry awhile that He may the more fully display the richesof His grace to thee at last. Thy prayers are all filed inheaven, and if not immediately answered they are certainly notforgotten, but in a little while shall be fulfilled to thydelight and satisfaction. Let not despair make thee silent, butcontinue instant in earnest supplication.
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