‘Teach me what I cannot see’ (Job 34:32)
We were once blind, but now our eyes are open: but we are still absolutely dependant on divine teaching, or we shall never become truly wise. If God teaches us, self will become vile; the world will become vanity; sin bitter; the blood of Christ most precious; His righteousness glorious; His name our only hope; His love our joy; His Spirit our strength; His glory our aim; and “Teach me!” our daily prayer.
We see little of what Christ is in Himself; or what He has done for His people; or all that He possesses and will give to all who call upon Him in truth; or what He has promised to work in us, and bestow upon us. Dear friends, let us plead with God, each day, to teach us that we may know Christ, and the power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings, and becoming like Him in His death [Philippians 3:10].
Let us beg the Spirit of Christ, that we may know the hope of His calling, and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. God alone can teach us to for our growth and well-being.
O Jesus, teach my soul to know
Thyself, the truth, the life, the way;
May I in grace and knowledge grow,
Till I arrive in perfect day:
From Satan, self, and sin set free,
And what I know not teach teach Thou me.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘About three months after I wrote, – The Lord has, I trust, poured out upon me a spirit of prayer, and I have been wrestling with him for his blessing. I was very earnest in pleading for some peculiar comfort, but while I was pleading, I fancy the question was proposed to me, “Which would you rather, peculiar comforts for yourself, or that some sinners should be converted under your ministry?” O, with all my heart, I said that souls should be converted.’