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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 29th

Even leaders need encouragement...

Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses. Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey your words, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!" - Joshua 1:17,18
  Oh, how Joshua needed encouragement as he assumed leadership responsibilities, after the departure - of that great servant of God - Moses from the scene! The very act of stepping into the giant-sized shoes of a peerless leader of the stature of Moses would have seemed a daunting task to him. In addition to that lay, the immediate need of leading the millions in their long-awaited conquest of the Promised Land. No wonder, we see Moses encouraging him (refer yesterday's meditation), God encouraged him (Joshua 1:5-6) and finally his own people (the generation of those who were 20 years and above, when they left Egypt had by now died in the wilderness sojourn barring the faithful Caleb) to encouraged him. The result? To the inspired Joshua belongs the unique distinction of conquering the Promised Land in the annals of Jewish history...a dream since Abraham's time...and also a fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham, that great progenitor of men of faith (Genesis 15:7and16).

  As good as it is, sometimes we reserve our encouragement only to the marathon runners, our national sports teams etc blissfully forgetting that our flesh and blood, political and spiritual leaders too need encouragement. No, lets not mistake them for some self-inspired Supermen. In fact, some of them humbly in their heart of hearts may be pining for a positive word of encouragement from any quarters. God in His sovereign wisdom has appointed leaders over us in order there is peace and stability in the society, even as his children without any law and order problems to worry about, would channelize all their mental and physical energies in pleasing Him (I Tim 2:1-2).
  Rather than criticizing our leaders at the drop of a hat (constructive criticism is not wrong in itself), let's resolve to encourage them in their tasks, even as they are going about their onerous tasks of governing us.

Father, as Thy Holy scriptures state there is no government in this World that Thou has not placed in power, now, give us the submissive spirit to not only obey our leaders but also to keep encouraging them in their efforts. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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