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 Divine “Scanner”
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes
of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare
before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.–Heb 4:12-13
While many new inventions boast of their capacity to see “hidden things”, let it be said that none
can compare favorably with the capacity of the OMNISCIENT GOD TO SEE EVERYTHING! Related to the
story of Cornelius salvation is the subject of God’s omniscience. While above captioned scripture
portions bear out the truth that nothing is hidden from the all-seeing eyes of the Almighty,
we often meditate only upon one dimension to this truth. That of God seeing the sins committed in
secret! While it is true that God sees all sins committed even far away from the gaze of finite man,
how equally true is the fact that INFINITE GOD SEES ALSO ALL THE GOOD DEEDS DONE IN SECRET
Now the Early Church did not know about Cornelius or his good deeds. For that matter even Peter who was going
to baptize him four days later, did not know anything about this charitable Roman centurion, on the day the
angel met the latter. But the salutary greeting of the angel on its first meeting with this generous soul
says it all…“‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!”
(Acts 10:31 –NLV)
Say Christian, are you toiling for your Master, far away from public gaze or appreciation? KEEP AT IT
FAITHFULLY FOR YOUR MASTER IS OBSERVING YOUR SINCERE EFFORTS AND THAT’S ALL MATTERS! In due time,
He would reward you.
Father, how encouraged we are to know that You are observing all our sincere efforts to bring glory to Your Name.
Enable us to remember the fact that nothing, we do for You would ever be in vain. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.