January 12, Tuesday Devotion
1 This message came to me concerning Damascus: “Look, the city of Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins. 2 The towns of Aroer will be deserted. Flocks will graze in the streets and lie down undisturbed, no one to chase them away. 3 The fortified towns of Israel will also be destroyed, and the royal power of Damascus will end. All that remains of Syria will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,” declares the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
4 “In that day Israel’s glory will grow dim; its robust body will waste away. 5 The whole land will look like a grainfield after the harvesters have gathered the grain. It will be desolate, like the fields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest. 6 Only a few of its people will be left, like stray olives left on a tree after the harvest. Only two or three remain in the highest branches, four or five scattered here and there on the limbs,” declares the Lord, the God of Israel.
In America, Damascus would be what we call a ghost town. It is no longer relevant; nobody lives there. It is but a former shell of itself. If we are not careful, do you think our relationship with Christ can have the same thing happen? How many people do you know claim Christ as savior yet loot at best like Damascus? Are you keeping your relationship with Christ fresh or are you leaving it out there to be a heap of ruins?
Almighty God, There was once a fire that burned inside me to serve you to the ends of the world. Now I rarely have time to even acknowledge your presence in my life. Give me the strength and belief to rekindle the fire. Amen.