In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos'
(matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos'
which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain
theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both
styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying
spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground'
a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the
deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.
In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the
styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different
facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style
than the 'Varying topics' one.
Having dwelt on the topics
- “The Christian journey”
- “ The Conquest of Canaan” and the
- “Lent season”.
in the previous months, now in the months of April and May, considering that
post resurrection of Christ (one of our concluding themes’ you would remember
in the meditations of March, was Resurrection), birth of the Church was a
landmark event in Biblical history, I want to cast the spotlight on the Book of
Acts (which records the birth and growth of the Church). This would ensure to a large
extent continuity of thought albeit under the ambit of new subject.
Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…
A MASTER PLANNER
At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem.
When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear
their own languages being spoken by the believers.
- Acts 1:5-6
Even as we celebrated the Birth of the Church during the course of our
meditation yesterday, let’s today praise God for yet another trait in His
multi-faceted persona. That of being a Master planner, who plans and executes
His plans to a nicety!
It needs to be stated that the sensational event of Holy Spirit coming upon
the disciples had a ring of Divine plan and purpose to it. The dramatic event
of Divine outpouring of the Holy Spirit could have taken place in any quiet, remote corner in the Land of Israel but the good Lord wanted this striking event
to take place amongst a large group of people. What better way for it to occur
than the day of Pentecost-a prominent Jewish festival when the Jews from not only
all over Israel but also all over the World would gather at Jerusalem! Talk of
putting the line amongst the shoal of fish! As later events on that dramatic
day would testify, the disciples very much in line with their calling to be
fishers of men
(Matt 4:19) “netted” nearly 3000 people
making optimum use of the opportunity, that came their way.
THE EARLY CHURCH NOT ONLY SANG HYMNS ON THE VERY FIRST DAY OF ITS BIRTH BUT
IT ALSO EVANGELIZED!
And who provided the perfect setting for such a perfect start
(disciples never expected it) on the evangelism front? The good Lord,
who is to be praised forever and ever for His infinite wisdom!
Father, we can never adequately praise thee. As we pore over the Scriptures and as
we marvel at so many of your wondrous works based on meticulous planning, we cannot stop
praising thee. HALLELUJAH. AMEN AND AMEN.