Reading: “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.”—Psalm 12:1

Are you sometimes distressed in the recollection of the languishing state of the Church—are faithful men, faithful ministers, taken away from the evil to come? Do you sometimes, at a mercy seat, feel yourself drawn out in fervent prayer, that the Lord would fill up the vacancies he makes by death, and raise up pastors after his own heart, and believers who love Zion, to supply their place? Take comfort, Jesus loves the Church; and she is still engraved on the palms of his hands, and her walls are continually before him. Jesus must have a church in the earth as long as the sun and moon endure. Remember, the reins of government are in Jesus’ hands; and however the enemies of Zion, like wild horses, would ride over the children of Zion, Jesus puts his bridle in their jaws, and will turn them back by the way they came.

Remember, also, that the care of the church is with Jesus. He said himself concerning it, “I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day” (Isaiah 27:3). We should remember then, that the Church is, and must be safe. Men may die and leave gaps, but Jesus lives; and to his church he says, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” Here then is enough for me, for the church, and for every child of God.

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.