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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 22nd

From weakness to strength…

Moses said to the LORD, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue." – Exodus 4:10
  Sooner readers of the Bible come to grips with the fact that it is not an oversimplified, unrealistic Book, the better it is for them, for it is not arranged interview style with one-line questions on deep issues’ of life directed at God followed by two-paragraph answers from Him, on the same. The deep paradoxes of life and existence can’t be neatly wrapped-up like that. Instead, God tells us what we need to know for successful living through a variety of formats: people-stories (as a case in point, let’s reflect on the self - perceived weaknesses’ of Moses), direct messages or prophecies & most clearly of all, the Earth-visit of Jesus. Whatever the style, it has an undeniable ring of truth about it.

  In our study of the journey of the emancipated Jews from the Egyptian bondage to the Promised Land, as stated above, hitting the rewind button, let’s go back and examine the call of Moses’ - one of the crucial moments in the history of the Jews- for on his call and his response thereafter, hinged their liberation from oppressive Egyptian slavery. Moses, would hardly fit the description of ‘a self-starter’ –a genre, so coveted by the corporate world, now-a days, for more often than not, in this breed are winners- for he had several doubts up his shepherd sleeve on undertaking the awesome responsibility of being ‘spokesman of God’ before the cruel Pharaoh. One of the excuses, doled out by Moses to God, to back out of the responsibities that were awaiting him, was that he was a born stammerer (slow of speech) & hence hardly adequate for the Job profile laid out before him. However, God –the great enabler- was in no mood to oblige (Exodus 4:11-12) & soon Moses was on the way to Egypt to plead his people’s case before Pharaoh.
  Now consider the excuse doled out by Moses in the light of this re-assuring scripture portion which reads thus ‘whose weakness was turned to strength’ (Hebrews 11:34) & ponder awhile on the fifth Book of the Bible namely Deuteronomy. Why Deuteronomy? Because, in this Book is recorded the longest ever speech given by a man in all of the Bible & who gave that speech? Incidentally it was his farewell speech! MOSES! Yes, that same stammerer MOSES! Who brought about such a change in his ability to speak? OH WHY, OH WHY, do we doubt the capacity of our GREATEST GOD to make us rise to any occasion?
  In these days’ when ‘Before and After’ ads abound speaking loftily about the abilities of certain professionals to bring a turn-around in the physical, emotional or financial fortunes of individuals, do we with zeal proclaim the abilities of the ONE AND ONLY ONE, who can bring about a turn-around in the eternal destiny of an individual?

Father, through so many examples of the Bible, You keep reminding us of Your faithfulness, especially when we are weak. Next time, whenever we feel inadequate, enable us to remember the example of Moses & be encouraged in our faith in order we speak forth boldly for Thee. In Jesus’ name. Amen
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