Charles Spurgeon’s Excellent Daily Devotion

There are many good daily readings, also called “devotions,” that are soul- and heart- and mind-inspiring reflections written by more mature Christians who are down the road, so to speak, in their Christian walk. God really seems to use these devotions in my life in a good way. I like to start off my Bible reading/prayer time this way because it sort of gets my heart in the right place so that my mind can notice the right things and perceive them in the right way.And some of my favorites are the ones written by John Piper (many of which we sell at cost at The Crossing’s bookstore).

But I must admit that my very favorite devotion was one written well over a century ago by the British Baptist Pastor, Charles H. Spurgeon. It’s called Morning & Evening. I like this one in particular because 1) each daily reading is short enough (just a couple paragraphs) to be a quick read, and 2) although short, each daily reading is usually very insightful (i.e., you can see why Spurgeon was such a globally influential preacher whose words are still being read by pastors and Christians a hundred and fifty years later!), educational (i.e., his writings teach very good doctrine), and inspirational (i.e., his words seem to have a way of getting my heart and soul in the right place very quickly). Because these readings are from the mid to late 1800’s, be aware that you’ll have to get used to the old-timey English language (i.e., slightly “King-Jamesish”) he uses. But after getting used to it, I learned to actually kind of like it (in the way I like listening to the language of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes”).

Here is an example using last night’s (November 25th) reading from Morning & Evening:

November 25 (Evening)

For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” —Romans 9:15

In these words the Lord in the plainest manner claims the right to give or to withhold His mercy according to His own sovereign will. As the prerogative of life and death is vested in the monarch, so the Judge of all the earth has a right to spare or condemn the guilty, as may seem best in His sight. Men by their sins have forfeited all claim upon God; they deserve to perish for their sins—and if they all do so, they have no ground for complaint. If the Lord steps in to save any, He may do so if the ends of justice are not thwarted; but if He judges it best to leave the condemned to suffer the righteous sentence, none may arraign Him at their bar. Foolish and impudent are all those discourses about the rights of men to be all placed on the same footing; ignorant, if not worse, are those contentions against discriminating grace, which are but the rebellions of proud human nature against the crown and sceptre of Jehovah. When we are brought to see our own utter ruin and ill desert, and the justice of the divine verdict against sin, we no longer cavil at the truth that the Lord is not bound to save us; we do not murmur if He chooses to save others, as though He were doing us an injury, but feel that if He deigns to look upon us, it will be His own free act of undeserved goodness, for which we shall for ever bless His name.

How shall those who are the subjects of divine election sufficiently adore the grace of God? They have no room for boasting, for sovereignty most effectually excludes it. The Lord’s will alone is glorified, and the very notion of human merit is cast out to everlasting contempt. There is no more humbling doctrine in Scripture than that of election, none more promotive of gratitude, and, consequently, none more sanctifying. Believers should not be afraid of it, but adoringly rejoice in it.

At our bookstore, we have several different kinds of bindings of Morning & Evening available for you to purchase (again, at cost) and at various prices. The one I own is the two-tone pictured above. It costs $20. Others cost just $16. It is a great little companion to your Bible for those times in the morning, or evening, or even lunch, when you can get away and alone and spend some quiet time with God.

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