"What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly,
and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."
Let Polish Dry Before Buffing
Martha Meister Kiely
A few years ago a shoe-polish manufacturer had printed in large letters across each can of polish "WHY WON'T YOU TRY OUT METHOD?" It is estimated that only two out of every ten American housewives read the directions printed on packages of manufactured products. Could this partially solve the mystery that products seldom produce the exact results promised by the manufacturers?
Our failure to follow closely the directions of God might explain our inability to attain completely the abundant life he has promised. Short cuts are so appealing they have a way of seducing us to by-pass some of the prescribed procedures. When God's recipe calls for love and forgiveness and we substitute hatred and resentment, it should be no surprise that the finished product leaves much to be desired. If we claim his promise to answer prayer but substitute doubt for faith, we are in for disappointment. God makes possible all the essential ingredients and spells out careful and complete directions. The results are in our hands.
Today note the demonstration lesson of Jesus recorded in John 13:12-17 and carefully follow His example.
Prayer: Lord, I am aware that my failures are caused by my carelessness and by my unwillingness to follow thy directions. In deep humility I promise to try thy method, in the name of Christ who demonstrated thy way. Amen.*
Devotions for Women at Home, Martha Meister Kiely, Abingdon Press ISBN #0-687-10679-6