Morning & Evening: Evening Devo, Jan. 19th

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Today is #GivingTuesday

We appreciate & depend on the generosity of people like you. Thank you!

Donate Now
"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures."
— Luke 24:45

Evening Thought

He whom we viewed last evening as opening Scripture, we here perceive opening the understanding. In the first work he has many fellow-labourers, but in the second he stands alone; many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but the Lord alone can prepare the mind to receive the Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus differs from all other teachers; they reach the ear, but he instructs the heart; they deal with the outward letter, but he imparts an inward taste for the truth, by which we perceive its savour and spirit. The most unlearned of men become ripe scholars in the school of grace when the Lord Jesus by his Holy Spirit unfolds the mysteries of the kingdom to them, and grants the divine anointing by which they are enabled to behold the invisible. Happy are we if we have had our understandings cleared and strengthened by the Master! How many men of profound learning are ignorant of eternal things! They know the killing letter of revelation, but its killing spirit they cannot discern; they have a veil upon their hearts which the eyes of carnal reason cannot penetrate. Such was our case a little time ago; we who now see were once utterly blind; truth was to us as beauty in the dark, a thing unnoticed and neglected. Had it not been for the love of Jesus we should have remained to this moment in utter ignorance, for without his gracious opening of our understanding, we could no more have attained to spiritual knowledge than an infant can climb the Pyramids, or an ostrich fly up to the stars. Jesus' College is the only one in which God's truth can be really learned; other schools may teach us what is to be believed, but Christ's alone can show us how to believe it. Let us sit at the feet of Jesus, and by earnest prayer call in his blessed aid that our dull wits may grow brighter, and our feeble understandings may receive heavenly things.

Comments

Other Devotionals from Heartlight for Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A daily dose of Christian quotes to inspire and encourage.
"For a soul to come to Jesus, is the grandest event in its history."
A devotional to help reclaim Jesus as the daily Lord of our lives.
"Dear Precious One, Today's message is very important because many in your religious world turn grace into an excuse to do whatever they want rather....."
A daily devotional featuring a Bible verse, thought and prayer.
"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. "
A daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
"But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away [a veil like the metaphorical veil that kept the Jews from understanding the old covenant]. For....."

Illustration

Illustration of Luke 24:45 — "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures."

About This Devotional

'Morning and Evening' is the classic daily devotional from Charles H. Spurgeon.

Written by Charles H. Spurgeon.