Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“The Things that are not seen.”
—2 Corinthians 4:18
In our Christian pilgrimage, it is well, for the most part, to be looking forward. The crown and the goal are onward. Whether it’s for hope, for joy, for consolation, or for the inspiring of our love, the future must, after all, be the grand object of the eye of faith. On that great Day, sin will be cast out, death will be destroyed, and the soul will be made perfect to receive God’s inheritance.
Looking ahead, the believer’s enlightened eye can see a bridge over death’s river— stepping stones across the gloomy stream. He sees the light gleaming from the Heavenly city and himself entering the pearly gates, hailed as more than a conqueror, crowned by the hand of Christ, embraced in the arms of Jesus, glorified with him, and made to sit together with him on his throne.
The thought of our future may well relieve the darkness of the past and the gloom of the present. The joys of heaven will more than compensate for the sorrows of this earth. Death is but a narrow stream, and you will soon have crossed it. Time, how short; eternity, how long! Death, how brief; immortality, how endless! Even now, I think I can taste the food of Heaven, and sip from the well within its gate. The road is so short, and I will soon be there. [M&E]