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  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 27th

The meek shall inherit the earth



Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritance in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel allotted to them.- Joshua 14:1
 
  If chapters 6-12 of the Book of Joshua dwell on the “action” part of Conquest of Canaan then chapters13-21 concentrate on its “division” amongst the twelve tribes of Israel.

When it came to Joshua-the man who spearheaded the conquest of the Promised Land and played a major role in its subsequent allocation amongst the twelve tribes- what type of land did he choose for himself? The very best of the best? No, not by a long shot! Even when given the choice by his own people, to choose, whatever he wanted, he humbly chose a hilly terrain, not easily cultivable (Joshua 19:49-50), to send forth a clear message to one and all, especially to the leaders that the elite need to put the interests of ordinary folks first! What an exemplary action worthy of emulation!

Oh meek Christian, be of good cheer for you shall inherit the earth itself! The truth that the meek shall inherit the earth is one, which runs right through the pages of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation culminating in its prophetic fulfillment in the Millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:6) and beyond.

Eons back, when an old, MEEK man in anticipation of the Flood (on God’s instructions) spent all his earnings on building a huge ark in a land faraway from the any river or sea (boats and ships are constructed closer to the waters, right?), his critics laughed till their sides ached. This old gent believed that the waters would come near his boat as such there was no need for him to build it closer to the waters. Biblical scholars speaking figuratively claim that when he drove the last nail into the ark signaling the completion of his enormously expensive project, he had spent his last penny. So virtually when he entered the ark, with still no sign of any flood, he was a pauper. BUT THE FLOOD DID COME AND WHEN NOAH FINALLY STEPPED OUTSIDE THE ARK, AFTER THE FLOOD, HE OWNED THE WORLD!!! Do I need to say more!

Prayer:

Father, we are sometimes awed by the fact that we are serving YOU, the one who is so very great but meekly craves our love, in order we get the very best from your generous hands. Oh we love you, oh we love you, without any measure or limit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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