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Morning and Evening
For the evening of March 11th
by Charles H. Spurgeon
"Thou shalt be called, Sought out." --Isaiah 62:12
The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out. Men seek for a thingwhich is lost upon the floor of the house, but in such a casethere is only seeking, not seeking out. The loss is moreperplexing and the search more persevering when a thing issought out. We were mingled with the mire: we were as whensome precious piece of gold falls into the sewer, and men gatherout and carefully inspect a mass of abominable filth, andcontinue to stir and rake, and search among the heap until thetreasure is found. Or, to use another figure, we were lost in alabyrinth; we wandered hither and thither, and when mercy cameafter us with the gospel, it did not find us at the firstcoming, it had to search for us and seek us out; for we as lostsheep were so desperately lost, and had wandered into such astrange country, that it did not seem possible that even theGood Shepherd should track our devious roamings. Glory be tounconquerable grace, we were sought out! No gloom could hideus, no filthiness could conceal us, we were found and broughthome. Glory be to infinite love, God the Holy Spirit restoredus!
The lives of some of God's people, if they could be written would fill us with holy astonishment. Strange and marvellous arethe ways which God used in their case to find His own. Blessedbe His name, He never relinquishes the search until the chosenare sought out effectually. They are not a people sought to-dayand cast away to-morrow. Almightiness and wisdom combined willmake no failures, they shall be called, "Sought out!" That anyshould be sought out is matchless grace, but that we should besought out is grace beyond degree! We can find no reason for itbut God's own sovereign love, and can only lift up our heart inwonder, and praise the Lord that this night we wear the name of"Sought out."
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