Great God of Wonders

I am pleased to recommend a good devotional book, Great God of Wonders by Maurice Roberts. This book is a collection of Pastor Roberts devotional essays previously published in the Banner of Truth magazine. Thirty warmly biblical, pastoral, inspiring, and thought provoking essays in six subject areas: Prayer, Living for God, The Fellowship of the Church, Delighting in the Character of God, Understanding God’s Truth, and The Second Coming and Heaven.

Excerpt from the first essay, On Seeking God -

“Whatever the pressures are to the contrary, the serious Christian must keep a careful watch over the inner state and attitude of his own soul. Just as there are temptations for the careless and the idle Christian, so too are there snares for the Christian who becomes too busy. We are too busy whenever we cannot safeguard our times of private prayer, meditation and devotional Bible reading. What happens when outward duties become excessive and over-demanding is that inner, secret duties are performed in a merely routine way. It is all too possible to conduct our private and family worship with our minds half taken up with other things. We persuade ourselves that we have been worshipping God, but on such occasions we have been no better than those to whom God said, ‘This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.’ (Matt. 15:8)

The tendency of our soul when we allow ourselves to pray, read and worship with only half our minds is that we become accustomed to it. ‘Practice makes perfect’ in bad habits as well as in good ones. Days go by when we attend to the familiar work of secret worship in our ‘closet’ and yet never really put our heart into what we are doing. The sacred page is turned, but the lofty truths which we are reading have no effect upon our minds or upon our characters. This bad practice, if indulged in for long, becomes the norm. Days become weeks and weeks become months, during which we unconsciously slip deeper and deeper into the practice of prayerless praying and shallow, unfeeling devotions. For this soul sleep there is a high price to pay.”