Sunday, January 6, 2013

Surely You Did Not Hear


"Surely you did not hear,

Surely you did not know;

Surely from long ago your ear was not opened.

For I knew that you would deal very treacherously,

And were called a transgressor from the womb."

- Isaiah 48:8 -


It is painful to know that this accusation may be laid upon believers. Too often we are spiritually insensible. We do not hear the voice of God as we ought.

There are gentle motions of the Holy Spirit in the soul which are unheeded by us.

There are whisperings of divine command and of heavenly love which are unobserved by our intellects.

Ah! We have been carelessly ignorant.

There are matters within which we ought to have seen.

There are corruptions which have made headway unnoticed.

There are sweet affections which are untended by us.

There are glimpses of the divine face which we do not perceived.

Surely we did not hear.

Surely we did not know.

As we think of it, we are humbled in the deepest self-abasement.

O Holy Spirit, give us the hearing ear, and the understanding heart!

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