WRITING A DEVOTIONAL
WRITING A DEVOTIONAL
Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.
"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe
Friday, October 14, 2011
“Three instances are recorded in which our Lord rebuked his disciples for lacking faith. Yet in each case the circumstances seemed to call for anxiety as the only natural and proper response.” Hannah Whitall Smith, Daily Secrets, 9/30
One of the things I love about Hannah Whitall Smith is her ability to see things from a common sense perspective. Here she has highlighted how common sense can lead us into a lack of faith. This points out the need to distinguish between human “common sense” and spiritual “common sense”. Humanly-speaking the disciples reacted with common sense when the storm arose. Their experience of being in a storm-tossed boat quite naturally caused them to fear for their safety. When Peter began to realize that he was walking across the water it was very normal for him to sink below waves because common sense tells you it’s not possible to walk on water. But it’s different once we have Jesus. We must set aside our human common sense and instead see things through spiritual common sense. Jesus was subject to the laws of nature only as He chose to be. He ate when He was hungry and slept when He was tired, yet the winds were at His command. We must keep this in mind whenever we are tempted to doubt just because it doesn’t make “sense” to our human senses. Otherwise, when Christ comes again, “common sense” will tell us it’s not really Him.
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16a