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…
Restoration of power
Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your
hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land. -
How reassuring, when the blackout ends and power supply is restored! How comforting,
when streetlights come to life, in the dead of the night for a night-traveler groping in the
darkness, trying to find His way!
Joshua and company would have felt the same, when they heard the soothing words of the
Lord in the above-captioned scripture portion, just as they were licking their wounds after
an unexpected, morale-shattering reverse. Their genuine repentance (backed-up by action),
we meditated upon yesterday, was the cause for the return of the Lord’s presence amidst them.
In our Christian lives, how lost we feel, as it were, in the spiritual woods whenever our
disobedience, makes us drift away from His comforting presence. The good news is God is
yearning at all times to restore the right relationship with us and gives us back the needed
power to live upright and holy lives
A branch cannot survive when severed from the vine
(John 15:4) nor can a christian
live a life pleasing unto Him, unless he or she is connected to the “vine” from which
the “life-giving” sap flows. As one Biblical scholar put it wisely ‘Christianity is not
our responsibility but rather our response to His ability’
Father, it is beyond us to live a life pleasing unto thee, leave alone accomplishing
great works for thee, without living in close association with thee. Give us the strength
to live a spiritually a victorious life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.