Thursday, December 20, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Nehemiah 7:1-73; Zechariah 2:1-3:10; Revelation 12:1-17

But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Luke 22:51 ESV

“No more of this,” the Lord said. Impetuous Peter. Cutting off the servant’s ear in his own wisdom. The Lord tenderly corrected the damage. Are we like Peter? Not looking before we leap or acting rather than asking for His blessing. We bypass the Lord’s guidance and then wonder why we have poor outcomes. The Lord overruled in mercy and graciously reversed Peter’s hasty act. May we be careful and prudent in our dealings, sensitive to His will. —Vernon Markle

Ah, whither could we flee for aid,
When tempted, desolate, dismayed,
Or how the hosts of hell defeat,
Had suffering saints no mercy-seat? —Hugh Stowell