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Bowen's Daily Meditations
Devotional: May 10th
How surprising the infatuation of man, in that while he despises and abuses the gifts of God actually bestowed, he makes sure of gifts to come. He makes havoc of to-day, as a child makes havoc of some valuable book fallen within its reach, and confidently expects that there shall be given to him a morrow, and a long series of morrows. While he, on earth, is busy with the transgression of God's commands, and with casting contempt on the authority of God, God, in heaven, is to be busy in prolonging the comfort, and giving all success to the unsanctified purposes of this rebel. He calculates on the subserviency of the elements, and even of the Lord of the elements, to his paltry will.
Far be this from thee, man of God! While God is giving one inestimable boon, even the present with all its inherent wealth, snatch not thou another from the throne of thy benefactor. The only preparation for the morrow, is the right use of to-day. The stone in the hands of the builder must be put in its place and fitted to receive another. The morrow comes for nought, if to-day is not heeded. Neglect not the call that comes to thee this day, the call to humble thyself on account of many sins and follies, to break away from unprofitableties, to look upon the poor around thee, to speak unto thy impenitent neighbor, to hunger and thirst after righteousness, to set thy love purely upon God; for such neglect is nothing else than boasting thyself of to-morrow.
'Daily Meditations' is a daily devotional written by a Baptist Missionary to India, Reverend George Bowen over 100 years ago. The book was published in 1865 by the Presbyterian Publication Committee and is in the public domain.
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