Friday, March 23, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 40:1-38; Psalms 94:1-95:11; Acts 24:1-23

We do not lose heart. 2 Corinthians 4:1d, NKJV

There are many reasons for losing heart (or “losing courage”) these days. Three reasons are developed in this chapter. Perhaps we sense defeat in our own lives, and a failure to live up to the great demands of our call in the gospel (1-6). Or it might be the wrong response to all the suffering we endure for serving the Lord (7-15). Then again, we might have the wrong focus in our lives (16-18). Are we possibly placing too much emphasis on things that are outward, physical, and temporary—rather than on those things that are inward, spiritual, and eternal? May God help us not to lose heart. —N. C. Funston

O Jesus I have promised to serve Thee to the end ,
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend. —John E. Bode