Evening by Evening: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon

Evening by Evening: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon

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What can Evening by Evening do for you?

A lot! Especially if you're a serious Christian or a Bible student who wants to be challenged to think differently about how to apply God's Word to your life.
Jim Reimann, inspired interpreter of such classics as Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest, gives Evening by Evening—the powerful devotions of

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What can Evening by Evening do for you?

A lot! Especially if you're a serious Christian or a Bible student who wants to be challenged to think differently about how to apply God's Word to your life.
Jim Reimann, inspired interpreter of such classics as Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest, gives Evening by Evening—the powerful devotions of Charles Spurgeon—a new spin.
Reimann carefully maintains the strength and dignity of the original edition, but broadens the appeal by adding:
- Updated language and precise NIV text
- Contemporary applications and prayers
- Scripture references for every Bible quote
- Easy-to-use Scripture and subject indexes
- Scriptures selected from every book of the Bible
These additions are designed to make Evening by Evening ideal for personal use as well as for sharing in study groups. But it's the author's thoughtful "From the pen of Jim Reimann" segments that really make this devotional shine.
The author’s daily commentary complements Spurgeon's writing perfectly. Each day, Reimann includes personal reflections and shares thought-provoking ideas gleaned from his extensive travel and studies in Israel and other Bible lands. The result is a day-by-day opportunity for Christians to pause, reflect, learn, and grow.
Whether you're mature in your faith or new to the journey, this stimulating devotional delivers a daily dose of just what you need.
Evening by Evening is the companion volume to Morning by Morning, The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon, also expanded, indexed and updated by Jim Reimann.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310283881
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Evening by Evening


Zondervan

Copyright © 2010 James G. Reimann
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ISBN: 978-0-310-28388-1


Chapter One

January

We rejoice and delight in you. Song of Songs 1:4

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

"We rejoice and delight in you." We should open the gates of this new year, not to the mournful sounds of trombones, but to the sweet strains of harps of joy and cymbals of gladness. "Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation" (Ps. 95:1). We, the called, the faithful, and the chosen should be determined to drive our grief away and to set up our banners of confidence in the name of our God. Let others lament over their troubles, but we who have the "piece of [sweet] wood" (Ex. 15:25) to throw into Marah's bitter pool will joyfully "glorify the Lord" (Ps. 34:3).

"Eternal Spirit" (Heb. 9:14) and our effective Comforter, we who are the temples in whom You dwell will never cease from adoring and blessing the name of Jesus.

"We rejoice and delight in you." We are resolved to do so. Jesus must be the crown of our heart's delight, for we will not dishonor our Bridegroom by mourning in His presence. We who have been ordained ultimately to be the chorus of the skies, let us rehearse our everlasting anthem here before we sing it in the halls of "the new Jerusalem" (Rev. 21:2).

"We rejoice and delight in you." These two words, rejoice and delight, have one sense: double joy and blessedness upon blessedness. Thus, does there need to be any limit to our rejoicing in the Lord now? Don't people of grace find their Lord to be "henna and nard ... calamus and cinnamon" (Song 4:13-14) even now? What better fragrance will they have in heaven itself?

"We rejoice and delight in you." The last word, you, is like the meat of the dish, the kernel of the nut, the soul of the text. What heavens are found in Jesus! What rivers of infinite bliss have their source, their end, and every drop of their fullness in Him!

O sweet Lord Jesus, since You are the present portion of Your people, favor us this year with such a sense of Your preciousness that from its first day to its last, "we [may] rejoice and delight in you."

May January open with joy in the Lord, and may the year close in December with gladness in Jesus.

From the pen of Jim Reimann: This is a difficult time of year for many people. Though it begins with a time of celebration, it is easy to slip into a state of sadness or depression. Shorter days, cold temperatures, and gray skies often lead people to feel sad during this season. Those in business often have a sense of having to start over again to reach new and higher goals. But the Lord would not have us linger here.

Paul said, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:11-13). And Nehemiah said on a day of celebration in Israel's history, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Neh. 8:10).

January 2

Let the nations renew their strength! Isaiah 41:1

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

Everything on earth needs renewal from time to time, for no created thing continues forever by itself. The psalmist said to the Lord, "You renew the face of the earth" (Ps. 104:30). Even trees, which never have to worry about daily care nor shorten their lives through difficult work, must drink in the rain of heaven and absorb the hidden treasures of the soil. "The cedars of Lebanon that [God] planted" (Ps. 104:16) live only because they are full of sap freshly drawn day by day from the earth.

Neither can human life be sustained without renewal from God. Just as it is necessary to restore the body's energy with frequent meals, we must reenergize the soul by feeding on God's Book, by listening to the Word being preached and by observing the soul-strengthening sacraments. How weak our spiritual gifts become when we neglect these means of renewal. What poor starving saints some believers are who neglect the diligent use of the Word of God and times of secret prayer. If our spirituality can survive without God, it is not of divine creation - it is nothing but a dream. If it has been born of God, it will look to Him as flowers look to the dew of heaven.

Without constant renewal and restoration, we are not ready for the perpetual assaults of hell, the afflictions of heaven, or even the stresses and strains within us. When the whirlwind is unleashed, woe to the tree that has not absorbed fresh sap from the earth and grasped the rock below with many intertwined roots. When fierce storms arise, woe to mariners who have not strengthened their mast, dropped anchor, or sought a safe haven.

If we allow the good among us to grow weaker, the evil ones will surely gather strength and will struggle to gain control over us, and perhaps then a time of painful desolation or a disgraceful sin may follow. Instead, may we draw near to the footstool of divine mercy in humble prayer, for only then will we realize the fulfillment of the promise: "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength" (Isa. 40:31).

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

In this life we certainly need continual renewal of mind, body, and spirit; but there is a future renewal coming that will be lasting and eternal. As we begin this new year, may we reflect on these words of Jesus with hope and expectancy:

I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matthew 19:28-30

And may we all say, along with Job, although hopefully with a bit more patience than he had at the time, "I will wait for my renewal to come" (Job 14:14). Yet if we recognize we are harboring any sin in our lives, we should pray as David did,

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me" (Ps. 51:10).

Finally, may our prayer at the beginning of this year be:

"Restore us to yourself, O Lord ...; renew our days as of old" (Lam. 5:21).

January 3

A voice of one calling in the desert, "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him." Luke 3:4

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon: The "voice ... calling in the desert" demanded a "way for the Lord," a way prepared, and one specifically prepared in the desert. I must be attentive to my Master's proclamation and allow Him a road into my heart, one actually prepared by His gracious work through the desert of my nature. Our text today is a quote from Isaiah 40:3, and the four directives from Isaiah 40:4 must be given my serious attention:

"Every valley shall be raised up." Low, shallow thoughts of God must be given up, doubting and despairing must be removed, and self-seeking and sinful delights must be forsaken. Across these deep valleys a glorious causeway of grace must be raised.

"Every mountain and hill [shall be] made low." Proud self-sufficiency and boastful self-righteous ness must be leveled to make a highway for "the King of kings" (1 Tim. 6:15). God's divine fellowship is never granted to haughty, high-minded sinners. "The Lord ... looks upon the lowly" (Ps. 138:6) and dwells "with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit" (Isa. 57:15), but He "detests all the proud of heart" (Prov. 16:5). My soul, petition the Holy Spirit to set your heart right in this.

"The crooked shall be made straight" (KJV). A wavering heart must have a straight path of decision for God, one of holiness "marked out" (Heb. 12:1) for it. "A double-minded man [is] unstable in all he does" (James 1:8) and is a stranger to "the God of truth" (Ps. 31:5). My soul, take heed that in all things you are honest and true, "for the Lord searches every heart" (1 Chron. 28:9).

"The rugged places [shall be] a plain." Stumbling blocks of sin must be removed, and "thorns and thistles" (Heb. 6:8) of rebellion must be uprooted. Our great Visitor must not find muddy paths and rock-covered roads when He comes to honor His favored ones with His presence.

Oh, may the Lord find in my heart today a highway made ready by His grace, one upon which He may make triumphal progress to the very limits of my soul from the beginning of this year to its very last day!

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

As believers we have often been taught it was John the Baptist's role to "prepare the way for the Lord." Of course, that is true, but what a profound thought Spurgeon shared that as believers we must keep that way open to Him, not allowing sin to block His path.

One way we block His path into our hearts is by neglecting to spend quality time with Him. Obviously, by reading this devotional book, you have committed to spend time with Him at least today. But will your commitment last throughout the new year? Or will Jesus be the Lord only of the beginning of your year?

May we commit every day this year to God by starting each one with Him. May we follow the example of our Lord who daily spent time with His heavenly Father, for "very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1:35).

January 4

Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Genesis 42:8

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

We often consider the need for growth in our knowledge of the Lord Jesus, but let us now consider a related topic, namely, the knowledge our heavenly "Joseph" has of us. Actually, His knowledge of us was absolutely perfect long before we had even the slightest knowledge of Him. "Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Ps. 139:16).

Before we had a place in the world, we had a place in His heart. When we were still His enemies, He knew us; He knew our misery, our madness, and our wickedness. When we wept bitterly in despairing repentance and saw Him only as a judge and ruler, He viewed us as His well-beloved family and His heart yearned for us. He never mistook His chosen ones for others, but always beheld them as objects of His infinite affection. "The Lord knows those who are his" (2 Tim. 2:19) is as true of a prodigal who "feed[s] pigs" (Luke 15:15) as a child who sits at His table (see Luke 22:30).

Alas, we did not know our royal Brother, and out of this ignorance grew a multitude of sins! We withheld our hearts from Him and allowed Him no entrance to our love. We mistrusted Him and gave no credence to His words. We rebelled against Him and paid Him no loving honor. "The sun of righteous ness" (Mal. 4:2) shone forth, but we could not see Him. Heaven came down to earth, but earth did not perceive it.

May God be praised that those days are over for us, although even now we know so little of Jesus compared with what He knows of us. We have only begun to study Him, while He knows us completely. It is a blessing, however, that the ignorance is not on His part, for then we would be a hopeless case indeed. As His children, He will never say to us, "I never knew you" (Matt. 7:23), but instead will "acknowledge [our] name" (Rev. 3:5) on the day of "his appearing" (2 Tim. 4:1). And meanwhile He will reveal Himself to us in ways He will never do for the world.

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

Spurgeon quotes from one of David's psalms today, further revealing God's omniscience regarding us. Here is more of that psalm for us to consider as we pray:

"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in - behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.... For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" (Ps. 139:1-5, 13-17).

January 5

God saw that the light was good. Genesis 1:4

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

Today let us consider the special view God had of the light He created. "God saw ... the light." He looked at it with a sense of satisfaction, gazed on it with pleasure, and saw that it "was good." And if the Lord has given you light, dear reader, He looks on that light with special interest, for it is dear to Him because it is His handiwork and because it is like Him, for "God is light" (1 John 1:5).

It is pleasing to know God's eyes tenderly observe the work of grace He has begun in us, and to know He never loses sight of "this treasure" He has placed in us, who are "jars of clay" (2 Cor. 4:7). Sometimes we cannot see the light in us, but God always sees it, and that is much better. It is better for the Judge to see my innocence than for me to think I see it. It brings me great comfort to know I am one of God's people. But whether I know it or not, as long as the Lord knows it, I am safe. The foundation of this truth is this: "The Lord knows those who are his" (2 Tim. 2:19).

Perhaps you weep with regret over your sinfulness and mourn over your inner darkness, but remember, the Lord sees light in your heart because He placed it there, and all the cloudiness and gloom of your soul cannot hide your light from His gracious eyes. You may have sunk into despondency, even despair, but if your soul has any longing for Christ and if you are truly seeking to rest in His finished work, God sees the light.

In fact, He not only sees it but He also preserves it in you. "I, the Lord, watch over it.... I guard it day and night" (Isa. 27:3). What a precious thought to those who, after anxiously attempting to watch over and guard themselves, feel their powerlessness to do so. This light, thus preserved by His grace, God will someday develop into the brilliance of the noonday sun and the fullness of His glory. The light with us is simply the dawn of the eternal day.

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

"You may be sure that your sin will find you out" (Num. 32:23). Believing we can keep our sins hidden is nothing but foolishness. In fact, there is something therapeutic in exposing our sins to the light. Jesus came to earth not only to expose sin but to be the remedy for its darkness. In the following passage, however, notice the reaction of the chosen, versus the lost, to the light:

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. John 3:19-21

As Spurgeon said, the followers of Christ will have His light and will be like Him. This is also an Old Testament truth, for David wrote the following:

When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth. 2 Samuel 23:3-4

"The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going" (John 12:35). "But if we walk in the light, as [God] is in the light ... the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).

(Continues...)



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Beautifully updated, deep spiritual insight, Reimann's additions are great, a must read for the believer who wants to grow closer to his Savior daily