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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 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 9th

NO REAR VIEW MIRRORS, PLEASE!



“We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!" – Numbers 11:5-6
 
  While it is highly advisable to use rear-view mirrors to pre-empt road accidents whilst driving, it is just as dangerous to use them in our spiritual journey, especially when it comes to looking back at the place from which the good Lord has given us deliverance. In one of the manifestations of losing the ‘First love’ for their Redeemer God, the emancipated lot, looked back longingly at Egypt- the very place from which they sought deliverance. They no longer looked thankfully at their God, who was faithfully providing for their needs but on the other hand, they craved for the same place, which they had loathed, not-so-long-ago.

  “If I had not been a Christian, I would have freaked out with my friends to a wine & dine party”…how often thoughts like this flash across our minds, making us forget in a jiffy, how these very parties had brought forth several debilitating addictions in our lives. The same place, we had detested starts appealing to us again. This is the time alarm bells ought to ring in us that we are looking at something else (our previous sinful lives) other than at our gracious God (I Tim 6:17b) to provide for our needs.
 
  Statutory warning: Do not use ‘rear-view mirrors’ whilst driving in your Christian journey!
 
  Prayer:

Father, I confess how often I commit the sin of looking back at my vain previous life remorsefully, when I ought to rejoice in my walk with Thee. Please help me to keep my eyes focused on Thee & Thee alone. In Jesus name. Amen
 
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