Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sundar Singh: how the center stays dry

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
    “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
    Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
    “He has blinded their eyes
    and hardened their heart,
    lest they see with their eyes,
    and understand with their heart, and turn,
    and I would heal them.”
    —John 12:37-40 (ESV)
    While sitting on the bank of a river one day, I picked up a solid round stone from the water and broke it open. It was perfectly dry in spite of the fact that it had been immersed in water for centuries. The same is true of many people in the Western world. For centuries they have been surrounded by Christianity; they live immersed in the waters of its benefits. And yet it has not penetrated their hearts; they do not love it. The fault is not in Christianity, but in men’s hearts, which have been hardened by materialism and intellectualism.
    ... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), The Gospel of Sadhu Sundar Singh, Friedrich Heiler & Olive Wyon, G. Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1927, p. 89 (see the book)
    See also John 12:37-40; Isa. 6:9-10; 53:1; Matt. 11:20; 13:3-23; Luke 16:31; John 1:11; 9:39; 15:24; Acts 28:26-27; Rom. 11:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I be instrumental in breaking the hard shell of indifference for those whom You choose.
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