Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thurs., 7/28/11 Devotion (Judg. 11:24)

Today's encouragement comes from Judges 11:24, where we read these words:

"Will you not possess whatever Chemosh your god gives you to possess? So whatever the LORD our God takes possession of before us, we will possess."

These are the words of Jephthah (above), as he spoke to the king of Ammon. What he is basically saying is this: "Hey, if you want to wor-
ship your false god--go ahead and do so--and receive from it whatever good you think you might. But let's play fair: on the same basis we will receive good things from the True God, the Lord (Yahweh)."

Of course, on these grounds, the unbelieving world is not only at a disadvantage--it is sure to be defeated (by the One God of the true religion). Even today, let all faithful Christians recognize that the "gates of Hades cannot prevail against" Christ's church, (Matt. 16:18).

[Puritan quote of the day: "One word of God can do more than ten thousand words of men to relieve a distressed soul." --John Flavel, in, "The Mystery of Providence"]