Devotion of the Day

WATERS THAT GO SOFTLY

Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly…the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many.
Isaiah 8:6,7

Threatened by invasion from Israel and Syria, Ahaz of Judah foolishly chose alliance with Assyria instead of reliance on God. The soft-flowing waters of Shiloah represent the benign reign of the house of David as compared with the violent Euphrates, emblem of the Assyrians.

How prone we are to choose earthly alliances, confederacies of the world and the flesh, instead of God’s gently way! The way of the meek and lowly, the rule of love, seems too weak to cope with the ways and devices of men. Te world chooses the way of the Euphrates and suffers a deluge of disaster. And in our private lives the still small voice and the quiet way of God seem too mind for some of us. We ally with the boisterous, turbulent spirit of the age and live to regret it. For Assyria always comes to help but remains to conquer.

Remember, it is the Lamb that finally conquers!

Devotion of the Day

ABHORRENCE, NOT TOLERANCE

Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Romans 12:9

We are not to tolerate evil but abhor it. The mood of the age is to put up with evil, allow it, and then move easily to play with it and finally practice it. Tolerance is a pet word these days, and we stretch our consciences while we “broaden” our minds. But the Word of God tells us that the fear of the Lord is to hate evil and that we are to abstain from the very appearance of evil. There is no leniency toward sin whatever in that. Nothing is more dangerous to our spiritual well-being than a mild amiability that smiles at sin. Some have come to think that there is something noble in a mild attitude toward sin. Compassion on the sinful is one thing, but never confuse it with tolerance of evil. We have sunk to an acceptance of that toward which God counsels abhorrence and behold the harvest!

A holy, healthy hatred of sin and indignation at evil is our crying need today, because we fear not God – and the fear of the Lord is to hate evil.