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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.

Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey in the previous month, now in the month of Febraury, I intend to focus on a monumental piece of Jewish history….the Conquest of Canaan, with its particular relevance to modern day breed of Christian spiritual warriors.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




February 9th

A Unique honor



“A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:….Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.... Matt 1:1- 6
 
  A story within a story…i.e.…that of Rahab the reformed harlot within the challenging account of Canaan Conquest can never be complete without the mention of the unique honor that eventually came her way.

The very first gospel in the Bible makes a bold mention of her name in the genealogy of Christ. Imagine for a moment, would she have expected this special badge of honor, as it were, to be bestowed upon her, when she developed a great reverence for Creator God in her heart, on hearing His mighty works for his chosen people? The answer is NO! But, it is the omniscient God who knew her heart, who orchestrated the occurrence of events –right from the visit of the spies to her home, which paved the way for both her bold proclamation of faith and death-defying act of courage… till her marriage with an Israelite namely Salmon- who was responsible for this special honor, coming her way.

In the context of Rahab’s story, one is reminded of an insightful saying ‘Do the possible of reverencing Him and God will do all the impossible acts for you’. How true, for a woman of questionable character initially, it is that reverence in her heart for the Creator God, which triggered a chain reaction of events, which eventually resulted in her name being mentioned with honor by the posterity.

Are we too doing our part…?

Prayer:

Father, through so many true accounts in your Word, you have been aiming to instill faith and love in our stony hearts, though, we confess, we have been very lukewarm in our response. We praise thee, once again for thy persevering love, which simply doesn’t let go. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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