Devotionals by Dr. John Ankerberg

September 18

Micah 12 Corinthians 9

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

"Arise ye, and depart for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction." —Micah ii. 10.

There is a miserable tendency in men to cling to things that are seen. Though that which we behold is only temporal and shadowy, lacking any true substance or permanence; though the things round about us can only endure for a little while, and then will vanish away; yet we give our hearts to them, and are ensnared by their false glitter and glamour.… One of the most needful words for us to hear at such a time is this, "Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest."

Suppose that the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt, and were on the way to Canaan, instead of living in tents, and moving as the fiery, cloudy pillar guided them, had taken it into their hearts to build houses and cities and temples wherever they halted, as if they were to stop in the wilderness forever; would they not have missed much by such a plan? … On the contrary, as you know, they lived in their canvas cities: when the cloud moved, every tent was stuck, and they began the march; when the cloud halted, they rested under canvas still, never knowing how long they would continue in any one place, always expecting that they would be on the move again, seeing that they had not yet come to the land that flowed with milk and honey. Well they knew that in the wilderness was no abiding-place for them;… They were strangers and pilgrims with God, and sojourners, as were their fathers.

C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), p. 633.

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