John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

I got nothing this morning. Not one word from the Lord. If I cannot bring you a word from the Lord what does that leave me? Nothing? What am I supposed to do with that? It is a place many Christians find themselves every day I suppose. Am I supposed to feel what they feel in this moment? Am I supposed to gain some insight as to how others deal with this moment? I don’t think so.

I was one of those Christians. I can remember how it felt to wander through life until something went wrong and then cry out to the Lord. Somewhere along the walk I discovered I was meant to serve. There was never any mention of vacation, time off, a rest in my schedule. This is not a job, I don’t get paid for what I do for the Lord. There is no reward for service.

What I feel is this. If I have to do this without You Lord, I don’t want to do it. This feels like cruise control. No foot to the petal, no tension in the legs, ankle or foot. The pressure is off. But what should I do with the direction for this devotional?

I am the one who committed myself to do a devotional every day. The Lord never mentioned anything about a schedule, calendar, days on or days off. I am the one who committed myself. If I am not true to myself, is that failing the Lord in service? No, but it denies the me I want to be.

I was a slothful servant. I do not wish to be that any longer. I have nothing to prove to the Lord, but perhaps I have something to prove to myself. So this is about me and if you get to understand me a little bit better, then that isn’t all bad.


Exodus 28:32 And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.

I set out to compare the Word of God with an antibody which protects us from infection, i.e. sin. Cleaver me, this should be a no brainer, just take the definition of an antibody and find scriptural references that will unite the protective properties of antibodies with the protective properties of the gospel. OOPS.

The technical definition and active properties of antibodies is far from being a one liner. I got overwhelmed by the complexity of antibodies. In frustration I started to examine the diagram for understanding. Diagrams are so much simpler. You have the antibody structure that has a hole with a pattern in it at the top of its structure. This hole is so designed to bond with the antigen of the invading bacteria or virus. The antibody does not destroy the antigen, it binds it so that the antigen cannot attack other cells.

So I look up bind in the bible and what do I find in Exodus 28:32 but a literal description of the action between the antibody and the antigen. Not only that, I received a bonus word, the habergeon. I had to look it up and to my wonder and delight it is a coat of armor, protection. No way am I clever enough to make this up. Look it up for yourselves.

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.