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For accessing rich treasures in His Word and for edification

  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.

For starters in the first month of January I would be dwelling on the theme of the "Christian Journey", with the material being arranged in a Book-like format under which the pages would be opened ( i,e..displayed on-line) on each succeeding day.

So here's wishing you a happy & an edifying read....

Suresh Manoharan

January 10th

The ‘Golden calf’

He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." –Exodus 32:4
  Yet another manifestation of losing the ‘first love’ is outright disobedience. Though, clearly commanded not to worship idols (Exodus 20:4-6), the emancipated Israelites resorted to the detestable act of worshipping a ‘Golden calf’, as soon as their strong & devout leader Moses departed from them temporarily to receive God’s laws on Mount Sinai. This ‘Golden calf’ was supposed to guide them in Moses’ absence (Exodus 32:1). Once again, without condoning their despicable acts, if we as Christians undergo a honest reality check ourselves, it would emerge that we have too ‘trusted’ many ‘idols’, to deliver the ‘goods for us’.

  To have a healthy bank balance or miracles-performing spiritual guide is not wrong in itself but the question is ‘who are we trusting’ eventually! Rephrased slightly, in all earnestness, in whom does our ‘security’ lie? In the omnipotent, loving God who is well able to lead us or in some man-made god like money or a charismatic spiritual leader, who himself is a servant of the great, incomparable God? Even in a family relationship, let’s never forget the fact, that ultimately that it is ‘Jehovah-Jireh’ who provides for our needs by using our own near & dear ones’! It wouldn’t take Him long to prove that even the most reliable individual amongst us has ‘a feet of clay’!
  Even as we examine our hearts, let’s humbly submit ourselves into His hands to be led by Him & provided by Him alone…in our ethereal journey.

Father, I confess of my many falls’ in my spiritual life, consciously or unconsciously. Cleanse me of all the ‘hidden idols’ of my heart, so that I depend on You alone, for all my needs. In Jesus Name.
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