Follow Thou Me
There are questions at issue between Christians to which I do not think we have been told the answer. There are some to which I may never know the answer: if I asked them, even in a better world, I might (for all I know) be answered as a far greater questioner was answered: 'What is that to thee? Follow thou Me.'
—from Mere Christianity, Preface
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
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A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof (21:22).
Long ago, a society built for itself many weapons, and a great wall around their city to protect them. They formed a massive army, and they moved out into the world with the hope of conquering it. They fought with anyone who tried to stop them, and their empire grew. They came to a people, however, who did not arm themselves with any weapons, yet they refused to yield to the powerful war culture. They claimed that they were strong by their faith in God, and that He was the only protection they needed. The army battled them and scattered them into foreign lands. Time passed, and the warring nation fell, leaving no remnant behind. The people of God reunited, and they were strong.
The people of God have never been defeated. Great empires and armies have come and gone, but none have lasted as long as the people who follow God. All else is refuse in comparison with the Lord. Mighty cities will rise, but they will crumble long before the Lord comes to reward His faithful ones. No army comes close to the might of God, and the greatest empire is not bigger than a speck of the love of God. His might endures forever, and His love shines brighter than the sun. Our hope should always be in the Lord, and in Him alone.
prayer: My hope and trust is in you, Almighty God. Only you are God. Nothing else even comes close. There is nothing so mighty, nothing so good as you, O Lord. Be with me always. Amen.