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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.

As the month of December coincides with the Christmas season, in this month I intend to dwell exclusively on all the topics revolving around Christmas using the visit of the Wise man described in Matthew 2 as the base.

Let me wish you a happy and an edifying read… oh yes-MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF US!

Suresh Manoharan




December 28th

Provisions for the journey and beyond…


“…Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” – Matt 2:11
 
  Our study of the of the visit Wise men or Magi as a part of the wider Christmas story starting w.e.f 15-12-2006 and more specifically their gift of myrrh (beginning with the Daily Devo dated December16th) had taken us in a journey within a journey, representative of the run of a speeding locomotive in a loop line, once in a while. In a nutshell, it had led us unto a study of the Spiritual Full-timers (different types including both the pious and the wicked ones) within the broader context of the Christmas story.

Today, switching back from the ‘loop line’ onto the ‘main track’ of the study of the visit of the Magi we shall touch upon one facet of our multifaceted God…His omniscience…His infinite capacity to know everything including what the future has in store (Isaiah 41:21-29). Even as the wicked King Herod got alerted to the birth of the Messiah and started making his own nefarious plans to liquidate him mistaking him to be a potential competitor to his throne, when in fact Messiah’s purpose was anything but political, the omniscient God was not keeping quiet himself. Even before He sent his angel soon to warn Joseph about the impending danger from the murderous King Herod urging him to flee to Egypt (Matt 2:13-14), he had made all the journey provisions necessary for their flight to Egypt…for the gift of Gold from the Magi besides having spiritual connotations was going to be great use to Joseph, as he began his life from a scratch in an altogether alien land with his wife and his young son.

It was as resourceful as many blank cheques’ to draw upon, as per the need, for good many days in a foreign land amongst strangers till it would become safe for this young family to return to the land of Israel (Matt 2:19-20) and start life anew once again…this time…amidst the known relatives.

Knowing His omniscience and His care for His loved ones’, we his precious children, let’s implicitly trust Him and handover our unknown future also into His hands.

Yes, we may not know what the future holds but what a joy to know personally the ONE who holds the future! HALLELUJAH!

Prayer:

Father, recognizing Thy omniscience and Thy infinite love for us, we cast all the burden of the unknown future on Thee, just as Thy Word exhorts us to do, knowing very well that You are able to take care of us in future too just as You have done so faithfully in the past. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 


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