Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Evening Brightens into Day

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.

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