Friday May 12, 2023
And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well.
He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
Yes, that is exactly the way our Savior does things!
First He makes the deaf hear. I wonder if in our whole personal salvation we have ever experienced a greater miracle than this. When I look back upon all the remarkable things that I have experienced, this seems to me to be the most remarkable of all: that God made me hear, hear in such a way that my frivolous soul began to tremble at the Word of God.
Almost as remarkable was the miracle by which He opened our deaf ears and enabled us to hear the Gospel of unmerited grace, causing our hearts to sing jubilantly with other ransomed souls: “He hath done all things well.”
Is it not this miracle which He has wrought in us continuously since then? We become deaf again, and hear neither His law nor His gospel, live an empty and unhappy life in the accustomed forms of godliness. Then He takes us aside, as He did the deaf of long ago, and speaks His mighty “Ephphatha!” We hear once more, and our souls both tremble and rejoice.
He maketh the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.
As long as we were deaf, we were dumb. We did not have a word to say about our Savior. But as soon as we heard the Word of the Lord, the dumb began to speak. We could not keep silent.
It is the way the Lord raises up witnesses unto Himself.
Not only preachers who speak because they believe and cannot remain silent. But also all others who seldom or never speak in public because they have not been given the gift to do so, but who speak privately, in daily life, because they cannot refrain.
There are many children of God who have become dumb again. Why? They can no longer see that the Lord does all things well. Pray that you again may see the blessed works of the Lord. Then you will not be able to remain silent.