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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  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....

Suresh Manoharan




February 28th

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 -Joshua 24:15
 
  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 lives.

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 breath (Joshua 24:29).


Prayer:

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



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