Devotion of the Day

“What More Can He Say?”

If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Luke 16:31

God has spoken and that is sufficient. If we cannot depend on His word, we would not be convinced by any work. Jesus rose from the dead, and still the unbelievers were not persuaded. “He hath said,” and if God’s Word is not enough, nothing else would ever be enough.

Thomas demanded visible evidence and thereby asked for a lesser blessing than he already had-the joy of believing without seeing. “Blessed are ye that have not seen and yet have believed.” “In whom though now ye see him not yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Yet believing-that is it-believing, anyhow!

Faith is just taking God at His Word. He will abundantly prove what He has promised, but not until we stand on the promise alone. “Let God be true but every man a liar.”

What more can He say
Than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge
To Jesus have fled?

Devotion of the Day

The Impossible Symphony

What concord hath Christ with Belial?
II Corinthians 6:15

What we read as “concord” is really the word from which we get “symphony.” “Belial” is found only here in the New Testament, but throughout the Old Testament it stands for the spirit of evil. The spirit of Belial shows up in false religious movements (Dt. 13:13), in lawlessness (Judges 19:22), in wayward daughters and sons (I Sam. 1:16; 2:12). We have concord with Belial when we oppose God’s chosen man (I Sam. 10:27; II Sam. 20:l), when we are sour and churlish (I Sam. 25:17, 25), when we are ungracious toward the weak (I Sam. 30:22), when we bear false witness (I Kgs. 21:10,13).

There is no “symphony” of Christ with Belial. When we try to harmonize them we have not concord but discord. To be a friend of the world is to be the enemy of God (Jas. 4:4), and if we love the world, the love of the Father is not in us (I Jno. 2:15).

We are not to effect a truce between Christ and Belial. We are out to issue an ultimatum: “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.”

It is never Christ and. It is always Christ or. “He that is not with me is against me.”