“I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” Isaiah 48:17-18
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
How often and how variously does the Lord knock at the door of our hearts: by the voice of His Word, of His Spirit, or of conscience!
But how seldom are we inclined to give Him the hearing! We are often so distracted with business or pleasure, that we can hardly observe His voice amidst the hurry and noise of worldly things. Often we are not at home when He knocks and seeks to take up His abode with us.
Even now He is knocking. Hearken to His voice and open the door for Him directly, since He desires nothing from us that is unreasonable — but intends to make our heart a glorious residence and banqueting room of love, fill it with heavenly treasure, and give us everything along with Himself. Jesus never comes empty-handed — but brings with Him the very blessings that we need. We only find the room; He furnishes the feast and invites us to sup with Him. O how sweet to sup with Jesus and to hear Him say, “Eat, O friends, drink, yes, drink abundantly, O my beloved!”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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