Jdg 16:20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
of unconscious deterioration!
Grey hairs may be here and there upon us
without our knowing it.
The LORD may be gone out on feet so noiseless,
that we are not aware that His Spirit has glided along the corridor, and
through the doorway, whispering, Let us depart.
is unconscious because it is so gradual.
The rot that sets in on autumn
fruit is very gradual. The damp that silences the violin or piano does
its work almost imperceptibly.
Satan is too knowing to plunge us into
some outrageous sin at a bound.
He has sappers and miners engaged long
before the explosion, in hollowing subterranean passages through the
soul, and filling them with explosives.
declension blunts our sensibility.
The first act of the burglar is to
gag the voice that might alarm, and poison the watch-dog.
So, sin blinds
our eyes, and dulls our keen alertness to the presence of evil.
the stages of our relapse are obvious to all eyes but our own.
drugged as we are being carried off captives.
progress of evil within us is a matter of unconsciousness, largely
because we are quick to discover reasons to justify our decadence.
gloze over the real state of affairs. We call sins by other names.
insist on considerations which in our eyes appear to justify our
We still attend to our religious duties, and try to persuade
ourselves that it is with us as in times past.
To avoid deterioration we
must ever watch and pray, and realize that we are the temple of the
Then shall the peace of GOD as a sentry guard our hearts and
our thoughts in Christ Jesus.
~F. B. Meyer~