Today’s Scripture: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4

There was once a British clergyman who was seeking a chaplain post during World War I. As a test, Chaplain General of the British army, John Taylor Smith, took a watch from his pocket and said, “I am a dying soldier on the battlefield — I have three minutes to live — what have you to say to me?”

The clergyman was confused and said nothing. Chaplain General Smith then said, “I have two minutes to live—what can you tell me to help my soul?” and still the confused clergyman made no response. Finally, Chaplain General Smith solemnly, “I have only one minute to live.” With that the clergyman reached for his prayer book, but John Taylor Smith is reported to have said: “No, not that at such a time as this,” and because the clergyman had nothing to say to the dying soldier upon the battlefield, he did not receive his appointment.

It seems odd to me that a minister could ever be at a loss for words, especially when he should have locked in his memory the most important message from God to man — how to escape Hell and spend eternity in Heaven.

The Bible predicted this as a primary tactic from the Devil in blinding people from the truth of salvation. Part of this blinding is making sure the message has been compromised by either adding to it or taking away from it. Christian, we must make sure we are never at a loss for words when it comes to the clarity of the gospel.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.