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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 27th

Dangers from behind...


But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard - Isaiah 52:12
  Dear friends, how we wish, we don the all-protective Spartan Armour at all times, in order we are protected from all kinds of dangers, especially the most pernicious ones'...the dangers coming from behind.

  We are wary of visible dangers...the ones' coming at us from the front but what about those perils which creep in silently from the back? The above-captioned scripture portion re-assures us that the good Lord protects us from the latter, too! We need to go no further than Chapters 22-24 of Numbers to get a confirmation of this fact, for we see a very interesting story unfolding therein. Alarmed by the advance of the Israeli caravan moving relentlessly towards the Promised Land, King Balak of Moab & other like-minded Kings hire Balaam the wicked Prophet (Rev 2:14) to curse the Jews secretly. At the summit of three different mountains namely Bamoth-baal (Numbers 22:41 Numbers 23:13), Pisgah (Numbers 23:14-27) and Peor (Numbers 23:28 Exodus 25:25), in 3 different instances', we see the omniscient and omnipresent God converting the intended curse of a wicked Balaam into a blessing.
  Israelis camped down below in the plains of Moab were blissfully oblivious of the melodrama being enacted on different mountaintops but their faithful God was at work, protecting them from dangers befalling them from unexpected quarters.
  Well, this is not an isolated instance of the faithful God protecting his dear ones' from unforeseen dangers. In the book of Esther, in chapters 5-7, we see the good Lord turning the tables on wicked, conspiring Haman even while wondrously protecting Mordecai the honest Jew, who was ignorant of the wicked plotting of Haman behind his back.
  We, Christians, too in our homeward journey, may come across several unforeseen dangers (man-made or of the devil), but we can trust our unchanging Protector (Heb 13:8) to safeguard us from the same, for we too are worshipping the same God, whose character never changes.

Father in heaven, Thou art the same yesterday, today and forever, if Thou faithfully protected Thy dear ones' from unexpected dangers in the days gone by, won't Thou protect us today from similar dangers? We claim Thy promise in Isaiah 52:12, in the blessed name of Your Son, even our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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