Devotion of the Day

WHEN THE CIRCUS DID NOT HINDER

Having favour with all the people…but the people magnified them.
Acts 2:47; 5:13

“It will be a bad week for our revival. We have the fair, the concert, the circus, football this week. The Sons and Daughters of I Will Arise have a supper, the high school has a dance.” On and on it goes, while defeated church members build up their alibis. Any church that has to take a back seat and fearfully anticipate every side show that blows into town is already beaten. We have developed an inferiority complex before the world, the flesh and the devil, and apologetically we take what is left in attendance after our worldly members have gone where they really belong.

The Early Church did not quake every time the ungodly had a spree in Jerusalem. The saints in Rome did not have the blues because attendance would be cut by a gladiatorial contest in the Colosseum. They had a robust, world-shaking power of their own that eventually put the Colosseum out of business. If we recovered that we would leave our little hot-chocolate huddles in church basements and give the world today a demonstration that would make its little affairs look like firecrackers beside atom bombs.

Devotion of the Day

DON’T STOP AT A GRAVE!

And Rachel died…and Israel journeyed.
Genesis 35:19, 21

Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan.
Joshua 1:2

And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
Matthew 14:12

Jacob buried his beloved Rachel – and journeyed on. When Moses died Joshua took charge and crossed over Jordan. John the Baptist died, and his disciples brought their grief to Jesus.

No matter how deep you loss, how impossible it seems to go on, life is too short to stop by any grave. We must proceed. Loved ones pass away, great leaders die, the prophet is beheaded. But God’s work goes on and we must go on. Those we have lost awhile would not have us settle at their graves. God would have us arise and cross Jordan.

Bring your loss to Jesus, but do not sit up with the past. For He said, “Let the dead bury their dead, but go thou…”