I’m generally not enthusiastic about daily devotionals, the idea of someone else’s predigested thoughts on a scripture passage as a substitute for getting it straight from the source doesn’t appeal to me (yes, I do see the irony!).
However, last night while trying to rouse myself from a somnolent state on the sofa to actually go to bed, I flipped through a freebie devotional that had turned up in the mail. Since it was for next month I couldn’t even look up the devo of the day so was just randomly browsing.
The intriguing thing is that despite disagreeing with the emphasis given by the author of the devotional, God convicted me through the scripture passages included in several readings. This is a reminder of the power of God’s Word and that whereas what I write is just words on a page, the words of God are living and active (Hebrews 4:12).
It is not hard to understand why this is so, nobody knows me as well as God does — even my own heart deceives me (1 Corinthians 2:10-11, Jeremiah 17:9). As I read pages of words God knows better than me where I need reproof or rebuke (2 Timothy 3:16, and 2 Tim 4:2), so out of perhaps thousands of words He can easily sharpen my attention upon the 10 or so of His that are appropriate to effect His purposes in me (Isaiah 55:10-11).