Monday, September 24th - Evening

I sleep, but my heart waketh. - Song of Solomon 5:2

— Morning & Evening, with Charles Spurgeon Devotionals

Paradoxes abound in Christian experience, and here is one—the spouse was asleep, and yet she was awake. He only can read the believer's riddle who has ploughed with the heifer of his experience. The two points in this evening's text are—a mournful sleepiness and a hopeful wakefulness. I sleep. Through sin that dwelleth in us we may become lax in holy duties, slothful in religious exercises, dull in spiritual joys, and altogether supine and careless. This is a shameful state for one in whom the quickening Spirit dwells; and it is dangerous to the highest degree. Even wise virgins sometimes slumber, but it is high time for all to shake off the bands of sloth. It is to be feared that many believers lose their strength as Samson lost his locks, while sleeping on the lap of carnal security. With a perishing world around us, to sleep is cruel; with eternity so near at hand, it is madness. Yet we are none of us so much awake as we should be; a few thunder-claps would do us all good, and it may be, unless we soon bestir ourselves, we shall have them in the form of war, or pestilence, or personal bereavements and losses. O that we may leave for ever the couch of fleshly ease, and go forth with flaming torches to meet the coming Bridegroom! My heart waketh. This is a happy sign. Life is not extinct, though sadly smothered. When our renewed heart struggles against our natural heaviness, we should be grateful to sovereign grace for keeping a little vitality within the body of this death. Jesus will hear our hearts, will help our hearts, will visit our hearts; for the voice of the wakeful heart is really the voice of our Beloved, saying, "Open to me." Holy zeal will surely unbar the door.

"Oh lovely attitude! He stands
With melting heart and laden hands;
My soul forsakes her every sin;
And lets the heavenly stranger in."

 

Bible Verses about God’s Grace

Romans 6:14 (KJB) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

1 Peter 1:15-16 (KJB) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Matthew 5:48 (KJB) Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Hebrews 7:18-19 (KJB) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

Galatians 2:16 (KJB) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:2 (KJB) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 3:24 (KJB) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.


Great Bible Verses about Grace

  • But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. –Galatians 5:18 (KJB)

  • Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: –Romans 3:24 (KJB)

  • For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. –John 1:17 (KJB) 

  • I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. –Galatians 2:21 (KJB)

  • For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. –Titus 2:11 (KJB)

  • But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. –2 Peter 3:18 (KJB)