Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Simeon: a broken heart

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    Feast of Charles Simeon, Pastor, Teacher, 1836
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
    —Romans 8:28 (NIV)
    By constantly meditating on the goodness of God and on our great deliverance from that punishment which our sins have deserved, we are brought to feel our vileness and utter unworthiness; and while we continue in this spirit of self-degradation, everything else will go on easily. We shall find ourselves advancing in our course; we shall feel the presence of God; we shall experience His love; we shall live in the enjoyment of His favour and in the hope of His glory... You often feel that your prayers scarcely reach the ceiling; but, oh, get into this humble spirit by considering how good the Lord is, and how evil you all are, and then prayer will mount on wings of faith to heaven. The sigh, the groan of a broken heart, will soon go through the ceiling up to heaven, aye, into the very bosom of God.
    ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836), Memoirs of the Life of the Rev. Charles Simeon, Pittsburgh: R. Carter, 1847, p. 382 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:26-28; Gen. 6:5; Job 14:4; Ps. 16:2; 51:1-5; Isa. 64:6; Matt. 15:18-20; Mark 7:20-23; Rom. 7:18; Eph. 2:1-5; 1 Pet. 4:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me not to hold onto the things of this world.
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