02 February 2012

From the Evangelist Desk February 2012 Edition.

Greetings to you all,

This article has been inspired by my reading of morning and evening Daily Bible Reading, by Charles Spurgeon.

Isaiah 40: 4-5
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

Direct quotation from
Morning and Evening: Daily Bible Readings, (Charles Spurgeon)
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the  Lord, make his paths straight.”   Luke 3:4    The voice crying in the wilderness demanded a way for the Lord, a way  prepared, and a way prepared in the wilderness. I would be attentive to  the Master’s proclamation, and give him a road into my heart, cast up  by gracious operations, through the desert of my nature. The four  directions in the text must have my serious attention.    Every valley must be exalted. Low and grovelling thoughts of God must  be given up; doubting and despairing must be removed; and self-seeking  and carnal delights must be forsaken. Across these deep valleys a  glorious causeway of grace must be raised.    Every mountain and hill shall be laid low. Proud creature-sufficiency,  and boastful self-righteousness, must be levelled, to make a highway  for the King of kings. Divine fellowship is never vouchsafed to  haughty, high-minded sinners. The Lord hath respect unto the lowly, and  visits the contrite in heart, but the lofty are an abomination unto  him. My soul, beseech the Holy Spirit to set thee right in this  respect.    The crooked shall be made straight. The wavering heart must have a  straight path of decision for God and holiness marked out for it.  Double-minded men are strangers to the God of truth. My soul, take heed  that thou be in all things honest and true, as in the sight of the  heart-searching God.    The rough places shall be made smooth. Stumbling-blocks of sin must be  removed, and thorns and briers of rebellion must be uprooted. So great  a visitor must not find miry ways and stony places when he comes to  honour his favoured ones with his company. Oh that this evening the  Lord may find in my heart a highway made ready by his grace, that he  may make a triumphal progress through the utmost bounds of my soul,  from the beginning of this year even to the end of it.  End quote.

I had never thought of myself as a valley, or a mountain. Reading this text brought a whole new meaning to me that I had never explored before. Time was spent reflecting on where I was and in fact am, as I reflect on this text every so often, trying to make sure that I don’t reach the dizzy heights of the mountains, or sink to low to be bogged down in the valley.  I have learned from the text that to be open to the Lord and His teachings I must try to ensure that I am a part of the level ground, on the straight path.

Read the extract from Charles Spurgeon again. Where are you at this time? Are you the mountain, the valley or the level ground? Remember to share His Word and to lead others to our Lord we must ensure that we are the straight path, the level ground helping others on their journey. We can’t be high and mighty, and we can’t display false humility, people will see through any airs and graces that we may portray. We must be true to ourselves and thus true to the Lord.

Yours in Christ.

Rick Hayes