Devotion of the Day

“Yet Believing”

Whom having not seen ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
I Peter 1:8

Peter had seen Jesus. His readers had not but they believed anyway. Did not our Lord say a similar thing to Thomas: “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have seen and yet have believed”? (Jno. 20:29.)

It is not every man’s privilege to see, but it is every man’s privilege to believe. Our love and our faith do not rest upon sight. Neither does our rejoicing. We have “joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:13).

Do not demand a vision. Only three saw the glory on the transfiguration mount. But all the disciples walked with our Lord in the valley. The others were not disqualified by missing the vision. It is not lack of sight but lack of faith that rules us out. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (II Cor. 5:7) Yet believing-anyhow!

Devotion of the Day

Let Go And Let God

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.
Psalm 55:22

Some dear souls get the impression that faith is an attitude, a spiritual pose, which must be strenuously maintained for dear life. So they grit their teeth and screw themselves up to believe in tense earnestness, afraid to let go for a moment. We might as well try to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

Trusting God is exactly the very opposite of all that. Hudson Taylor worked hard trying to develop faith, until he stopped looking at his faith and learned to rest in the Faithful one. You will blow up trying to work yourself up to just the right pitch. Faith begins by letting go, stretching out on the promises, not by taking a deep breath, clenching your fists, and resolving to trust or bust.

If we are to roll our burden upon the Lord, the only move on our part is to roll it, then leave it. Of course, if we never leave it, it rolls back and we spend all our time rolling instead of resting. He will keep what we commit-and leave committed.

“Let go and let God” is too often a proverb instead of a practice.