Devotion of the Day

From Hearing to Seeing

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job 42:5.

Job was a good man already. He feared God and eschewed evil, and God called him “my servant Job” and said of him, “There is none like him in the earth.” Job had heard and had believed. That is good enough to start with. “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Moreover, Job had lived an exemplary life.

But, like many who have come that far, he needed to see God, not in a vision or manifestation to the sense but in a personal, overwhelming, humbling, pride-shattering consciousness of the very presence of God Himself.

Through the ages, such an experience, though wide and diverse in its patterns, has marked the men God has used most. Too many have heard and believed and lived but have not seen. God brings us to where we can say, “But now mine eye seeth thee!””

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.

Devotion of the Day

Saviour or Song?

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2.

A well-known pastor tells of a soloist who sang with real artistry a great Gospel song one Sunday morning. By musical standards it was flawless, but the minister detected a lack of “heart,” although there was plenty of art. At the door he asked the singer, “Was that song real to you or was it just a song?” She flushed, but she was honest, and she finally replied, “Pastor, I’m afraid it was just a song.”

We should have both, a Saviour and a song. The Lord Jehovah is our salvation, our strength and our song. When he lifts us out of the miry clay and puts our feet on the Rock, He also puts a song in our mouth. But nothing is so hollow as singing something we know nothing about. A lot of that goes on in churches on Sunday mornings, it is to be feared, and no matter how much of “art” there is, it will not make up for lack of “heart.”

Is the Lord your salvation and strength or is He “just a song”?

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.