Posted by: the watchmen | January 1, 2008

CH Spurgeon—–January 1

January 1-Morning {Daily Reading: #Ge 1:1-3:24} {Quick Study: #Ge 1:1-2:25}

“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”

{#Jos 5:12}

Israel’s weary wanderings were all over, and the promised

rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce

Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land

which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of

the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may

be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in

active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with

Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a

cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a

double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls

between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we

have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can

cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with

exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall

begin to be “for ever with the Lord.”

A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do

service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is

no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We

who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the

earnest of our inheritance; he gives us “glory begun below.” In

heaven they are secure, and so are we preserved in Christ Jesus;

there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories

too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this

is not denied to us; they rest in his love, and we have perfect

peace in him: they hymn his praise, and it is our privilege to

bless him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on

earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like

the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why

not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the

fruit of the land of Canaan this year!


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