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Morning and Evening

For the morning of June 25th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"Get thee up into the high mountain." --Isaiah 40:9

Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of our Welsh mountains. When you are at the base you see but little:the mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as itreally is. Confined in a little valley, you discover scarcelyanything but the rippling brooks as they descend into the streamat the foot of the mountain. Climb the first rising knoll, andthe valley lengthens and widens beneath your feet. Go higher,and you see the country for four or five miles round, and youare delighted with the widening prospect. Mount still, and thescene enlarges; till at last, when you are on the summit, andlook east, west, north, and south, you see almost all Englandlying before you. Yonder is a forest in some distant county,perhaps two hundred miles away, and here the sea, and there ashining river and the smoking chimneys of a manufacturing town,or the masts of the ships in a busy port. All these thingsplease and delight you, and you say, "I could not have imaginedthat so much could be seen at this elevation." Now, theChristian life is of the same order. When we first believe inChrist we see but little of Him. The higher we climb the more wediscover of His beauties. But who has ever gained the summit?Who has known all the heights and depths of the love of Christwhich passes knowledge? Paul, when grown old, sittinggrey-haired, shivering in a dungeon in Rome, could say withgreater emphasis than we can, "I know whom I have believed," foreach experience had been like the climbing of a hill, each trialhad been like ascending another summit, and his death seemedlike gaining the top of the mountain, from which he could seethe whole of the faithfulness and the love of Him to whom he hadcommitted his soul. Get thee up, dear friend, into the highmountain.

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