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, from the second fortnight of Novermber till the first fortnight of December
I had dwelt on the theme of the "Christian Journey", now since we are in the Christmas Season
beginning with 16th Dec, till 15th January (we need to maintain the ‘festive spirit’,
through Christmas and beyond. Right?) , I intend to focus on Christmas related topics.
Here too the material would be 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....
The wise choice
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then
choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your
forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land
you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD
As we are winding down our meditations on the spiritually
vital topic “Conquest of Canaan” vis-à-vis its relevance to Christian life, we
come upon yet another crucial topic…the one of choosing whom to follow all our
The words of Joshua (in the above captioned scripture
portion) whilst laying the choice before his generation underscores a simple
yet profound truth that before men the choice all along has been not whether
to choose or not but only whom to choose. Yes dear ones, in the
spiritual realm, we SIMPLY HAVE TO PICK OUT OUR CHOICE for we cannot remain
neutral. If we are not on the side of God, it simply means we are on the side
of the devil. Period. I say this with no malice to anyone especially my friends
who are naturalists.
What was the result of Joshua’s rousing final farewell
address to his nation in which he made no bones about whom he and his family
members would follow? It immediately resulted in his generation not only
renewing its promise to obey God but also remaining faithful to its commitment
till the end (24:31). Talk of leading by example…
Also doesn’t the entire episode go to reaffirm the fact
the godly shall bear rich spiritual fruit, even in old age
(Psalm 92:14)? Oh to
live a life like Joshua…used fruitfully by God, as it were, even till his dying
Father, we rededicate ourselves
into Thy hands to be used by Thee for there is no greater blessing than in
being used by Thee, whatever by our health or age. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Yet another devo for 28-02-2009