Thursday, April 3, 2008

Seek the Lord

Hosea 10:12
It is time to seek the Lord.

This month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year. Reader, if you are yet unsaved, may your heart, in accord with the universal awakening of nature, be opened to receive the Lord. Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek the Lord; be not out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud and bloom with holy desires. Do you tell me that the warm blood of youth leaps in your veins? then, I entreat you, give your vigour to the Lord. It was my unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I could fain praise the Lord every day for it. Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may, but oh! an early salvation has a double value in it. Young men and maidens, since you may perish ere you reach your prime, "It is time to seek the Lord." Ye who feel the first signs of decay, quicken your pace: that hollow cough, that hectic flush, are warnings which you must not trifle with; with you it is indeed time to seek the Lord. Did I observe a little grey mingled with your once luxurious tresses? Years are stealing on apace, and death is drawing nearer by hasty marches, let each return of spring arouse you to set your house in order. Dear reader, if you are now advanced in life, let me entreat and implore you to delay no longer. There is a day of grace for you now-be thankful for that, but it is a limited season and grows shorter every time that clock ticks. Here in this silent chamber, on this first night of another month, I speak to you as best I can by paper and ink, and from my inmost soul, as God's servant, I lay before you this warning, "It is time to seek the Lord." Slight not that work, it may be your last call from destruction, the final syllable from the lip of grace.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

Here is a pretty song written by Fanny Crosby ~ Behold the Lovely Spring-Time!

Image in Washington DC, courtesy of All Posters


jane said...

Hosea is one of my favorite books of the Bible. :o)

Cathy said...

Thank you for commenting, Jane ~ I need to read that book again then.

Mimi said...

Cathy, this was a wonderful reminder that with the opening of flowers in the spring..we need to open our hearts to God's call and to God's blessings...
this was a wonderful post...
thank you

Cathy said...

You're welcome and thank you, Mimi. I liked it too - love the spring.