Devotion of the Day

“PLACING” JUDAS

Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Acts 1:25

Judas was out of place as an apostle. The other eleven may not have known it, but Jesus was not deceived. “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” “He knew what was in man.” Judas kept up the pretense for several years, and was even treasurer of the twelve. But one day the farce ended and his real self came out, and he ended up where he belonged.

Men always ultimately arrive at their own place. They may be deacons or even stand in pulpits and deceive the people. But there are prepared places for prepared people. There are dwelling-places our Saviour has prepared for His own. There is a lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels. And Judas arrives in time at his proper destination.

Many a Judas out of place goes to great pains to “belong.” He tries to act naturally in the church and pose as a Christian. But the Lord knoweth them that are His, and all others, including some who may have prophesied in His day, must one day depart – for Judas belongs to another place.

Devotion of the Day

LOOKING UP

Neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
II Chronicles 20:12

Jehoshaphat is faced by a powerful combination of Moabitees, Ammonites, and others. In his desperation he turns to God: “O God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us.”

Are we not often in this plight? Do these lines fall under the eye of someone sore beset by an alliance of evil confederates, whether in the flesh or of the unseen world of principalities and powers? You do not know what to do. We never do. We have no might against the Moabites.

But we can take Jehoshaphat’s way out: “Our eyes are upon thee.” We may not know what to do, but God always knows what He is going to do. He is never caught off guard or taken by surprise. Commit your case to Him. You can lie down at night and sleep, although tomorrow the Moabites will arrive. Many a saint has pillowed his head on a promise when all hope seemed gone. And when the dreaded day arrived God had handled the Moabites in His own way.

“Our eyes are upon thee.” “Looking unto Jesus.” We know not what to do, but He knows. No sleeping pill can rest a man like knowing that!