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.

Quote of the Day

The prophet’s greatest enemy is usually the top brass in his field. Billy Mitchell was court-martialed in his day because he saw beyond his contemporaries in aviation. He was granted a posthumous award. That reminds us of our Lord’s biting words to the Pharisees who built tombs for the prophets and garnished the sepulchers of the righteous whom their forefathers slew (Matthew 23:29-31). Amos had his Amaziah and the early church had to contend with the religious hierarchy. And our Lord had His greatest controversy continually with scribes and Pharisees. Whether in the world or in the church, look out for the swivel-chair authorities who murder prophets in one generation and memorialize them in the next!

The daily devotions are from Pepper ‘n Salt by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1966.