If this is the case it doesn’t much matter what we remember at the end of it because the joy has been in the moment, the value has been in the time spent together.The joy of dating isn’t in the aftermath but in the moment.Aileen and I have never been too good at date nights.
We consider our devotions a success when we learn some new fact about God or about the Bible.
And I think the same can be true with our devotions. Speaking about sermons he said “The main benefit that is obtained by preaching is by impression made upon the mind in the time of it, and not by the effect that arises afterwards by a remembrance of what was delivered.” That is true of sermons, and I believe it is true of devotions (and dates! The greatest benefit is the impression in the moment–the joy of time spent together. Now devotions are not judged by what we remember at the end or what we have learned along the way.