Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?

The following is the morning reading from “Morning and Evening” by Charles H. Spurgeon.  Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

Malachi 3:2
But who may abide the day of his coming?

His first coming was without external pomp or show of power, and yet in truth there were few who could abide its testing might. Herod and all Jerusalem with him were stirred at the news of the wondrous birth. Those who supposed themselves to be waiting for Him, showed the fallacy of their professions by rejecting Him when He came. His life on earth was a winnowing fan, which tried the great heap of religious profession, and few enough could abide the process. But what will His second advent be? What sinner can endure to think of it? “He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked.” When in His humiliation He did but say to the soldiers, “I am He,” they fell backward; what will be the terror of His enemies when He shall more fully reveal Himself as the “I AM?” His death shook earth and darkened heaven, what shall be the dreadful splendour of that day in which as the living Saviour, He shall summon the quick and dead before Him? O that the terrors of the Lord would persuade men to forsake their sins and kiss the Son lest He be angry! Though a lamb, He is yet the lion of the tribe of Judah, rending the prey in pieces; and though He breaks not the bruised reed, yet will He break His enemies with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. None of His foes shall bear up before the tempest of His wrath, or hide themselves from the sweeping hail of His indignation; but His beloved bloodwashed people look for His appearing with joy, and hope to abide it without fear: to them He sits as a refiner even now, and when He has tried them they shall come forth as gold. Let us search ourselves this morning and make our calling and election sure, so that the coming of the Lord may cause no dark forebodings in our mind. O for grace to cast away all hypocrisy, and to be found of Him sincere and without rebuke in the day of His appearing.

-posted by Tim A. Blankenship

2 thoughts on “Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?

  1. Thanks for the post -the insight given lines up with what God has been saying over and over and over again as I read thru Jeremiah. The specific chapter I read just before coming across this post was ch. 36 – where God was offering His mercy and grace to all who would hear and turn from wickedness. Some were afraid, but not the king …. he chose to tear up the scroll and throw it in the fire, where one day he would likely end up himself. It amazes me that one could hear, but not be moved. It doesn’t amaze (or impress) God. And thankfully it doesn’t stop Him for desiring to show mercy and compassion and offer the free gift of salvation thru the work of Christ for all who would hear and trust in Him. I know I am filled with a holy fear of who God is, but not of the day that is coming …. I am rather eager for it. But until then, I am moved by God with His compassion for those that need to hear.

    I’ve started a blog myself and this morning posted some thoughts on this post along with what I read in Jeremiah. Just thought I would share that I referenced your blog and this entry. It is at http://abandonedtowheregraceabounds.blogspot.com/2011/10/faith-fear-and-flames.html Maybe one day I will make it over to WordPress too.


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