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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "If Thou Hadst Known!"

April 3, 2012

If thou hadst known ... in this thy day, the things
which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from
thine eyes.
Luke 19:42
Jesus had entered into Jerusalem in triumph, the city was stirred to
its foundations; but a strange god was there, the pride of
Pharisaism; it was religious and upright, but a "whited sepulchre."
What is it that blinds me in this "my day"? Have I a strange god -
not a disgusting monster, but a disposition that rules me? More than
once God has brought me face to face with the strange god and I
thought I should have to yield, but I did not do it. I got through
the crisis by the skin of my teeth and I find myself in the
possession of the strange god still; I am blind to the things which
belong to my peace. It is an appalling thing that we can be in the
place where the Spirit of God should be getting at us unhinderedly,
and yet in crease our condemnation in God's sight.
"If thou hadst known" - God goes direct to the heart, with the tears
of Jesus behind. These words imply culpable responsibility; God holds
us responsible for what we do not see. "Now they are hid from thine
eyes" - because the disposition has never been yielded. The
unfathomable sadness of the "might have been!" God never opens doors
that have been closed. He opens other doors, but He reminds us that
there are doors which we have shut, doors which need never have been
shut, imaginations which need never have been sullied. Never be
afraid when God brings back the past. Let memory have its way. It is
a minister of God with its rebuke and chastisement and sorrow. God
will turn the "might have been" into a wonderful culture for the

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