Devotion of the Day

MARVEL NOT…IF THE WORLD HATE YOU.

The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 7:7

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
John 15:19

The world cannot hate you, said Jesus to His unconverted brethren. They were of the world and the world loves its own.

Me it hateth, said our Lord of Himself. And why does it hate Him? “Because I testify of it that the works thereof are evil.” Light has come into the world and men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. This world resents the Light that shows it up.

The world hateth you, said our Lord to His disciples. And why does the world hate us? “Because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” As we testify of the world that its deeds are evil and as we let our light shine and expose the unfruitful works of darkness, we share the hatred this age feels toward our Lord.

“The world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (I Jno. 3:1).

Devotion of the Day

GOD-THIRSTY

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
Psalm 42:1

There is much in our religious life today that is cheap and superficial. There is plenty of glorified big business, wheels within wheels. Men, methods, money, drives and movements and projects are abundant. But, as in other centuries, there are souls here and there who are sick of all that and whose consuming thirst is to know God. Most people are too busy raising quotas and thinking up slogans to walk with God. It takes time to be holy, but who takes time?

It is to be hoped that a new true mysticism will appear and that in this modern bedlam some saints will emerge whose business will be to know God through His Son by His Spirit. We are out to know everything, but never were we more ignorant of God.

God-thirsty souls! “Now Thee alone I seek!” “He satisfieth the longing soul.”