When I read today’s Ration, I knew that I couldn’t say it any better than this author did in the third paragraph. Most of us bump around this crazy world hoping to dislodge whatever stone is hiding the magic key of knowledge that we need to navigate this life; or maybe the magic broom that will sweep all the huge, sticky spider webs from our path; or the magic bridge – or the magic app – or …
But as any former kid that finally reach the age of majority will tell you, – that knowledge comes with a bunch of strings that tend to tie them in knots at various stages of their lives. But the author of this Ration understood that magic is useless. Our Father gave us every inner tool we needed to cut free if those knots and succeed. He even gave us Eliezer’s prayer as a model. The first prayer offered by an ordinary person in Genesis, “Lord…make me successful today…” ~Gen 124:12
He made us curious to seek wisdom. He gave us responsibility to accumulate more knowledge and wisdom. Strength to untie the knots that form around us. Character to stand on the principles of faith in Him when the knots seem unbreakable.
He did indeed make us in His image.
1942 Daily Ration: “The more you know, the more you suffer; the more you understand, the more you ache. “~Eccl. 1:18
“Certainly the Preacher is right. The more knowledge one has the more suffering he knows. If we did not know of hatred and starvation and death, we might be smugly content. We are tempted to turn our eyes away from the knowledge of evil and suffering.
“To face the facts of life honestly is a heroic job. Many well-meaning souls break under the strain. Knowledge means responsibility; responsibility requires strength; strength demands character; and character grows out of an inner faith.
“The world is tired because men have tried to build upon a foundation of knowledge without character, without an inner source of strength. The Christian sends his roots deep into a living hope and faith and is able to withstand the withering heat of the sun.
“Read: Ecc 1:12-17; Matt 13:18-23
“But we have the mind of Christ”~1 Chron 2:16
Prayer: Eternal God of all life, give us more completely ‘the mind of Christ’ that we may have good soil for deep roots. Help us to live in calm and courageous assurance before the facts of our confused world because we know that truth and love are in thee. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.”