Thursday, February 11, 2021

Daily Devotion: LONELINESS

Bible Reading: Luke 15:11-26

Key Verse: Verse 16 - "And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.”

Key Words: and no man gave unto him

The prodigal went through all types of trials in his pursuit of happiness; but in the end he found himself in financial ruin and lonely.

The following was taken from Moody’s Anecdotes.

Dr. Andrew Bonar told me how, in the Highlands of Scotland, a sheep would often wander off into the rocks and get into places that they couldn't get out of. The grass on these mountains is very sweet and the sheep like it, and they will jump down ten or twelve feet, and then they can't jump back again, and the shepherd hears them bleating in distress. They may be there for days, until they have eaten all the grass. The shepherd will wait until they are so faint they cannot stand, and then go over and put a rope around the sheep, and pull the sheep up out of the jaws of death. ‘Why don't they go down there when the sheep first gets there?’ I asked. ‘Ah!’ He said, ‘they are so very foolish they would dash right over the precipice and be killed if they did!’ And that is the way with men; they won't go back to God till they have no friends and have lost everything. If you are a wanderer I tell you that the Good Shepherd will bring you back the moment you have given up trying to save yourself and are willing to let Him save you His own way.”

Often we go through self-induced trials because of our desire to seek acceptance and companionship from the world which leaves us desolate and in despair. Seek companionship from others who genuinely love the Lord and desire to serve Him.

What to do:

✞ Remember, looseness always ends in loneliness.

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