“Faith takes God without any ifs.” –D.L. Moody
Experience. It is the missing element of our spirituality. A.W. Tozer said, “One word from the lips of the man who has actually heard the lute play will have more effect than a score of sermons by the man who has only heard that it was played.” Tozer goes on to say, “How long, in America, must we go on listening to men who can only tell us what they have read and heard about, never what they themselves have felt and heard and seen?”
We have replaced enduement with education. What previous generations knew in practice, our generation only knows in theory. What then, I wonder, will happen to the next generation? If we’ve only heard about what others have experienced, I suppose the next generation will only hear about what we’ve heard. Such trickling down of truth diminishes its power and opens the door to apathy and eventually apostasy. Instead of sheep telling others what they know about the Shepherd, we have goats telling others what they know about the sheep.
The answer to this spiritual quandary is for the sheep to return to the Shepherd. 1 Peter 2:25 exhorts us with these sobering words, “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”
Daily Reading: Ezra 8-10
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