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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  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 topic of Christian journey in the previous month, now in the month of Febraury, I intend to focus on a monumental piece of Jewish history….the Conquest of Canaan, with its particular relevance to modern day breed of Christian spiritual warriors.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




February 16th

The Divine Sustenance



The very next day they began to eat unleavened bread and roasted grain harvested from the land. No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.- Joshua 5:11-12
 
  Today, we touch upon yet another truth, even as we focus on the new food arrangements awaiting Joshua and his people. They, as the afore-referred scripture portion bears out, probably ate of the food found in storehouses of the inhabitants who had fled into Jericho and also new grain (see on Lev 23:10), probably lying in the fields. Roasted--a simple and primitive preparation, much liked in the East. This abundance of food led to the discontinuance of the manna; and the fact of its then ceasing, viewed in connection with its seasonable appearance in the barren wilderness, is a striking proof of its miraculous origin.

In light of the above, how reassuring, it is again to zero in on the solemn truth that God did not suspend the supply of the Heavenly food to His people, till they had food of their own in abundance. I am reminded of scenes from my childhood of learning to pedal a bicycle, when my all concerned Dad would let go the grip on the cycle only, when he would be confident that, I can maintain the balance on my own.

Oh so comforting it is to gauge the truth that His loving eyes are upon us at all times (Psalm 139:7) and that He will not bring any situation in our lives without equipping us adequately to face the same.

Prayer:

Father, you know everything about us including our frailties. We can trust assured that, no situation would come upon us, without you knowing about it. So, we commit ourselves into thy care, once again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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