Devotion of the Day

Showcase and Shelves

A friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.
Luke 11:6

Many a Christian, many a church, has everything in the showcase and nothing on the shelves. The customers come in, but everything is in the window. We have nothing ins stock, no spiritual reserves, no Divine supplies, no bread from heaven.

“Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like a man that is an householder which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new an old” (Mt. 13:52). Change it to “storekeeper” and the lesson is the same. But what is we have no treasure, no goods on hand?

True, we are dispensers, not depositories, and we are to relay the bread from God to men, fresh bread, not stale. But there must be a deposit if we are to dispense. We should have a stock of Scripture, of experience, of grace, treasure in earthen vessels that we may have to give to him that needeth.

Pity the church with everything in the show window and showcase, where the hungry come and find but a shell, nothing in stock!

Devotion of the Day

Are You Thirsty?

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.
Psalm 63:1

A dry land, a thirsty soul, and a satisfying God (v. 5, “My soul shall be satisfied”). “He satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Ps. 107:9). How barren is the land with its broken cisterns that can hold no water!

Does your soul pant after God as the hart pants after the water brooks? “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” They are blessed because they shall be filled! “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (Jno. 7:37).

A Satisfying God. “O God, thou art my God.” A lot of praying gets no further than “O God.” There is the personal appropriation, “Thou art my God!”

“Early will I seek thee.” “Those that seek me early shall find me” (Prov. 8:17). Early in life: “Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” Early in the day like Jesus in the morning.