Morning & Evening Daily Devotional Reading– January 19
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“I looked for him, but couldn’t find him.”
–Song of Solomon 3:1
Tell me where you lost your communion with Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find it again. Have you lost Christ in the closet by withholding your prayers? Then it’s there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? Then, you will find Christ in no other way than by giving up that sin, and, by the Holy Spirit, putting to death the lusting component of your heart. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? Then, you must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it.” So look for Christ where you lost Him.
You must realize, however, that it’s hard work to go back to Christ. Twenty miles ahead is often easier than one mile of backtracking, looking for a lost item.
And then, when you do find your Master, take every measure to cling closely to Him, so that you don’t lose him again. At one time one would have never thought that you would have left such a precious friend! But you did. That’s all behind you now. What a mercy it is that you are now seeking Him again!
Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without your Master. Without Him you are like a sheep without its shepherd, like a tree without water at its roots, like a leaf blowing in the wind—- no longer attached to the tree of life. With your whole heart seek Him, and you will find Him. Only give yourself completely to the search, and surely, you will discover Him to your great joy.[M&E]