3 If Thou Hadst Known!
thou hadst known . . . in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!
but now they are hid from thine eyes.” Luke 19:42
Jesus had entered into Jerusalem in
triumph, the city was stirred to its foundations; but a strange god was there,
the pride of Pharisaism; it was religious and upright, but a “whited
What is it that blinds me in this “my
day”? Have I a strange god – not a disgusting monster, but a disposition that
rules me? More than once God has brought me face to face with the strange god
and I thought I should have to yield, but I did not do it. I got through the
crisis by the skin of my teeth and I find myself in the possession of the
strange god still; I am blind to the things which belong to my peace. It is an
appalling thing that we can be in the place where the Spirit of God should be
getting at us unhinderedly, and yet increase our condemnation in God’s sight.
“If thou hadst known” – God goes direct to
the heart, with the tears of Jesus behind. These words imply culpable
responsibility; God holds us responsible for what we do not see. “Now they are
hid from thine eyes” – because the disposition has never been yielded. The
unfathomable sadness of the “might have been!” God never opens doors that have
been closed. He opens other doors, but He reminds us that there are doors which
we have shut, doors which need never have been shut, imaginations which need
never have been sullied. Never be afraid when God brings back the past. Let
memory have its way. It is a minister of God with its rebuke and chastisement
and sorrow. God will turn the “might have been” into a wonderful culture for