Devotion of the Day

Dark Day

Who is among you that…walketh in darkness and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Isaiah 50:10

These are not merely days of disaster but days of darkness, when there is no sense of God’s presence, when He seems to hide His face. Like Job, we go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but we cannot perceive Him: on the left hand, where He doth work, but we cannot behold Him: and He hideth Himself on the right hand, that we cannot see Him.

These are days when the unexplainable happens, the dark sinister things that doesn’t make sense, when our experience is against us, when we can feel no inspiration, when all we have believed seems crushed and Satan laughs and tells us our faith is a fraud.

God trusts some of His children with a walk in the dark. They may even so leave this world. But He will raise them all in the morning. And never do we glorify Him more than when we trust in His Name and stay upon Him, anyhow, come what may, regardless.

Devotion of the Day

When Everything Goes Wrong

Thou art careful and troubled about many things.
Luke 10:41

I do not know what had gone wrong in the kitchen, but it was “one of those days.” Not a drab, uneventful day – plenty happens on these distracting days, when we seem to have got out on the wrong side of the bed. All day long we are vexed and pestered by the mosquitoes of petty care. Everything seems to have determined to be perverse. Tempers flare, nerves are strained, we “Feel like we could scream.”

Some people can stand big troubles better than this variety. They rise to the crash and disaster, but the wear and tear of petty distractions overcome them. And yet perhaps it is a greater victory to overcome these little aggravations than to face nobly a gigantic trial.

There is grace for these days too. We may be kept in perfect peace if our minds are stayed on Him. These dwarfish demons can do our testimony more harm than the onslaught of an oversized devil. The breakfast table may call for more grace than the Lord’s table on Sunday morning. Instead of depending on two cups of coffee making you fit to live with, get a good start at the feet of the Lord of “all the days.”