August 16
Read John 1:1–18

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life—John 3:16

Dr. James Stewart says in his wonderful book, The Strong Name: “No one can look at the world today and observe the tragic disillusionments and rampant degradations without being driven to the conclusion that something in the organism of the human race has gone mysteriously and terribly… It is the glory and the doom of man to have been made for fellowship with God. Of all the faculties and capacities which he possesses, incomparably the greatest is his capacity for God… Reconciliation with God is, therefore, the cardinal issue, far and away the most crucial problem confronting the soul of man today.”

These are staggering truths, particularly when one faces them in the light of the fact that our God is the person or thing to whom or to which we give our first allegiance. Yet why should we be overwhelmed when we realize that God has not only created us to have fellowship with Himself but given us in the Living Christ a power to make ourselves new creatures? My, what a challenge to realize that the normal life is the life that has fellowship with God! The abnormal life is the life that is separated from Him.

ALMIGHTY GOD, my heavenly Father, help me now wholly and unreservedly to surrender my will to Thee. May my faith in Thee never waver, and may I give Thee always the maximum opportunity to work through me to bring in the day when Thy Kingdom shall be on earth even as it is in heaven. Amen.

Famous World War I “Y” Secretary
Secretary, Christian Evangelism Among Youth, Chicago, Ill.