Devotion of the Day

REJOICE TODAY!

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

We live on retrospect and anticipation. “Yesterday was so wonderful. How we did rejoice and how glad we were in it!” “Tomorrow will be a great day. We will rejoice and be glad then.” But today – that is different.

Distance lends enchantment to the view, so yesterday is haloed by the glory of the past. And anticipation does so exceed fulfillment that tomorrow looks better today. Between the two lies now and it suffers by comparison.

But true joy is not in days either past or present or to come but in Christ, and He is with us “all the days,” as He promised. He is the same yesterday, when we did rejoice. He is the same forever, all the tomorrows, through all eternity, when we shall rejoice. But He is also the same today, the day which the Lord hath made. We will be glad and rejoice in it, but better still in Him.

Devotion of the Day

“SQUENCHING” THE SPIRIT

Quench not the Spirit.
I Thessalonians 5:19

A Negro friend used to say to me, “Don’t ‘squench’ the Spirit.” He coined his own word, but “squench,” being a combination of “squelch” and “quench,” really should be in the dictionary.

We quench the Spirit in more ways than we suspect. When we stifle the inner impression to speak or act for the Lord we do it. And we can quench the Spirit in others when we criticize or discourage or by any attitude “throw cold water” on their fire. The brother in prayer meeting who mixed his metaphors and said, “Lord, if there should be a spark of fire in this meeting, please water that spark,” unwittingly suggested another way to smother the Spirit’s freedom. How we do conspire to limit God in our meetings! We have an Honored Guest in every Christian gathering, and He can be grieved very easily. A frivolous spirit, a critical or rebellious frame of mind, a fed-up complacency – that will do it. The very way we arrange physical details, the way we scatter all over the church, two to a pew; the way we hear and hear not – surely “squench” says it, for we squelch and quench the Spirit.