We’ve Got It Backwards

We’ve Got It Backwards Genesis 1:1-8

We’ve got it backwards; what I mean by that is how we reckon days. We speak of morning and evening, but God frequently repeats Himself saying; “the evening and the morning.” C. H. Spurgeon took note of this in his Morning & Evening devotional saying; “The evening was “darkness” and the morning was “light,” and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to light alone!” So what you say? In reality it is a fitting analogy of the spiritual experience. The evening, darkness, comes first, seeing as we are born in sin and it’s in the gloom of that darkness that a person is convicted to cry out; “God be merciful to me a sinner,” Luke 18:13. But then, after the night, “joy cometh in the morning,” Psalm 30:5. The morning, the light, comes when the grace of God shines in our heart and overcomes the darkness that is naturally in us by birth. That which was first, the darkness, yields to the last, to the light; and then note that nothing comes after the last. John Bunyan said; “That which is last, lasts forever.” In the end, although we are naturally darkness by birth, by the new birth, by being born again, you become light in the Lord and there is no evening to follow.
In every believer there is darkness (the old nature, which came first like the evening) and light (the new nature, which came second like the morning) and yet, like the day, we are called saints, because the light that is in us will win the day. Mr. Spurgeon concluded his devotional with these words: “The first day in this life is an evening and a morning; but the second day, when we shall be with God, forever, shall be a day with no evening, but one, sacred, high, eternal noon.”

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