Daily Devotionals: (September 24th) Inner Blessing by Outward Means

by Aaron Dunlop

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Reading: “The pool of Siloam”—John 9:7

The Holy Ghost, in the writings of the prophets, said that in the last days, meaning gospel days, “Living waters shall go out from Jerusalem” (Zechariah 14:8). And in the day of Christ’s flesh, we find Jesus giving life wherever He went—and not infrequently. As if to testify the sovereignty of His power He communicated His blessing in this life-giving principle of Himself, by means altogether, to outward view. The clay applied to the eyes of one born blind, and the pool of Siloam, are both directly in point.

It is just so that we would have recourse to ordinances and means of grace, and when we attend, we would desire to pass over them to the enjoyment of our Saviour and the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit. If we were to attend the pool of Siloam—the outward means—in this spirit, and, while using the means, we had an eye to the end, we would find healing from the diseases that afflict us.

What a prospect to behold souls under their different distresses, coming to the pool of Siloam, and thus reaching Jesus in the use of it. Are you faint? “He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might, he increaseth strength.” Are you walking in dark- ness and having no light? Jesus say; “I am the light of the world, he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness.” Are your bones dried, like the bones in the valley, “and our hope lost, are we cut off for our parts?” (Ezekiel 37:11). The Lord says, “I will open your graves, O my people, and cause you to come up out of your graves.” And how does the Lord accomplish this? Are you lacking of faith? Jesus is the Author and giver of faith. Have you backslidden? Jesus says, “I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely.” In short, at the pool of Siloam, neither the water nor the clay are the objects of faith, but He that sends to the pool. It is not the means, but the Man—the God-Man who appoints the means that gives the blessing.

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.

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