Subject: August 15th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. Psalm 23.4.

Is there any Christian who can say that his joy today exceeds that of the first day on which he was saved? How we believers are troubled in our hearts! We feel we have sinned and are defeated. We do not have as much joy as at the time of our initial salvation. But as a matter of fact, dryness of heart does not necessarily mean spiritual ebb.

Allow me to illustrate this point as follows: When I find my lost watch, I feel most happy. A few days later, however, my joy will not be as buoyant as when I first found my watch. And perhaps within a few more days, this joy has completely faded away. Yet at that moment my watch has not been lost again. What has happened here? Simply this, that what is now lost is not my watch once again but the joy at finding the watch in the first place! Here is what we all need to recognize; namely, that although the believer’s joyful feeling has been lost, the object of that joy has not been lost.
This daily devotional comes from the book 
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee.
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee