The novelty of any spiritual experience will become stagnant in our lives. What we may have found joy in pursuing at one time now seems to be a burdensome chore. Yet, we are continually admonished to read our scriptures, to pray, and to engage in those activities that will help strengthen our testimony, our faith, and our family.
This morning’s devotion comes out of another favorite source – it is called Our Daily Bread. Various contributors provide simplistic thoughts to help inspire and encourage a proper Christian perception. Titled, A Fresh Glimpse of Glory, contributor Joe Stowell shares about how Good Morning America viewers had cast votes on the “The Most Beautiful Place in America”. The place, according to Stowell, made the 2011 selection.
Stowell, then shares an anecdotal experience of visiting the Niagra falls and how a resident commented on the plainness of the majestic waters cascading, plummeting several hundred feet. Through this, he shares the following spiritual insight:
How easily we grow accustomed to our surroundings and dulled to things that are familiar – even places and experiences that once brought great delight. Although God’s glory is clearly displayed all around us, sometimes the busyness of everyday life blocks our view. We take for granted His amazing work in our lives. We lose the wonder of the cross. We forget the privilege of being His child. We neglect the pleasure of His presence and miss the beauty of His creation.
Stowell then quotes Psalm 145:5 - I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and Your wondrous works” . Along with this, might I add the first stanza of the hymn and chorus - How Great Thou Art which says:
O LORD my God! When I in awesome wonder Consider all the *worlds Thy hands have made;I see the stars, I hear the *rolling thunder, Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Have we lost site of the pleasure and splendor of the Divine? Have we become caught up in the day-t0-day things that have taken us away from the more important time to enter into a mode of quiet reflection upon the beauty and blessings we have received? Have we forgotten to humble ourselves and come before our Heavenly Father with sincerity and contriteness and through prayer, seek out His divine will and purpose for our day? Have we lost joy in opening up our scriptures to drink from the well-spring of Holy Writ where inspiration, counsel, and answers to our cares provide the sustenance for us to maintain character and integrity?
Today, let us approach the day with a fresh glimpse of our Heavenly Father’s glory in our own life, and in the lives of others. Let us renew our efforts to drink from the pages of scripture, and revive our interest in living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this renewal, our faith, testimony and light will surely shine forth for all who are seeking, hungering and thirsting.