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Evening Brightens into Day

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It shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. (Zechariah 14:7)

It is a surprise that it should be so; for all things threaten that at evening time it shall be dark. God is wont to work in a way so much above our fears and beyond our hopes that we are greatly amazed and are led to praise His sovereign grace. No, it shall not be with us as our hearts are prophesying: the dark will not deepen into midnight, but it will on a sudden brighten into day. Never let us despair. In the worst times let us trust in the Lord who turneth the darkness of the shadow of death into the morning. When the tale of bricks is doubled Moses appears, and when tribulation abounds it is nearest its end.

This promise should assist our patience. The light may not fully come till our hopes are quite spent by waiting all day to no purpose. To the wicked the sun goes down while it is yet day: to the righteous the sun rises when it is almost night. May we not with patience wait for that heavenly light, which may be long in coming but is sure to prove itself well worth waiting for?

Come, my soul, take up thy parable and sing unto Him who will bless thee in life and in death, in a manner surpassing all that nature has ever seen when at its best.

Charles Spurgeon
Thank you for sharing this reflection from the wonderful Charles Spurgeon. The idea that "the sun rises when it is almost night" is a poignant balm for my soul right now and reminds me that Providence's timing is not my own. I remember how in 1 Kings 17, God did not provide Elijah with food from the widow in Zarephath until after his water supply at the brook Cherith had dried up. Sometimes the faith struggle comes in finding peace in not knowing where the water will come from before the brook dries up and in knowing that light will come when the night is darkest.

Glory to God for His mysterious methods.