Devotion of the Day

“Some Through The Fire”

And I will bring the third part through the fire.
Zechariah 13:9

Why some lives move along in story-book fashion to happy endings, while others are a long tale of woe-that is one of the puzzles we shall have to let eternity explain. We know only that, while some pilgrims seem to travel mostly in green pastures and beside still waters, others must know flood and fire.

“God leads His dear children along,” but while they arrive eventually at the same destination, they do not fare the same en route. We are often perplexed but we need not be in despair, for even though the furnace be heated seven times hotter there will be with us one “like the Son of God.”

If you seem to have been “chosen in the furnace of affliction,” “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that is to try you as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice,” because it brands you as a partaker of Christ’s sufferings.

The Great Refiner is at work, and His “refined people” do not get that way along flowery fields but in fiery furnaces.

Devotion of the Day

Son In The Gospel

Timothy, my own son in the faith.
I Timothy 1:2

Blessed is the preacher who has a preacher son. But if one has not son in the flesh he may, like Paul, have a son in the faith.

To win a boy to Jesus, like Andrew, to find “a lad here,” with his loaves and fishes, and bring him to the Saviour-that is to have a son in the Gospel. Or to show some youth the Heavenly Vision and awaken him to the challenge of the Cross-that is to be a father in the faith.

We are married to Christ, that we should bring forth fruit unto God (Rom. 7:4). Paul speaks of Onesimus as “Begotten in my bonds” and of the Corinthians as “begotten through the gospel.” He writes to the Galatians, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Gal. 4:19).

And think of the spiritual grandchildren! The man who led Moody to Christ started a family without number.

How many “children” can you report to the Heavenly Census Taker?