Devotion of the Day

Is Your Experience Authentic?

And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid.
Acts 9:7; 22:9

Paul’s companions had an “experience,” but they did not meet the Lord. It is possible to be present when great things happen without great things happening to you. It would have made a great story to tell afterwards about seeing a light, being afraid, hearing a voice, and standing speechless. That is about all that some witnesses are able to relate. One of Job’s comforters, Eliphaz, had quite a hair-raising account to give, but he knew little of God.

It was Paul who got through to Christ: “Who art thou, Lord?….Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” The important thing is to hear the Word of God and keep it, as Jesus said to the woman who spoke out in the meeting.

It is not enough to jump up and tell about seeing a light and hearing a voice. Did you face up to the “Who” and “What”-who the Lord is and what He wants you to do? There will be variations as to the lights you see and the voices you hear, but the “Who” and “What” are standard, they make the authentic experience.

Devotion of the Day

Boundaries of Blessing

According to your faith be it unto you.
Matthew 9:29

You can believe God too little but not too much. That does not mean that He will honor faith for some unwise extravagant thing outside the circle of your need and His will. But there is room for plenty of miracles within His will. You won’t feel cramped!

“Believe ye that I am able to do this?” There are three angles to this matter: “YE,” “I,” “THIS.” Our faith, His power, our need. The boundaries of His blessing are “according to his will,” “according to your faith,” “all your need.”

But do not think “all your need” means something like “bare necessities.” He gives liberally and upbraids not, gives more than we can ask or think, all sufficiency in all things, abundance of grace. He is plenteous in mercy. All things are ours.

Within His wide horizons you can never ask too much. If without faith it is impossible to please Him, then great faith must please Him much.