Friday, January 3, 2020

Genesis 3:1-24; Job 4:1-5:27; Matthew 3:1-17

We spend our years as a tale that is told. Psalm 90:9

Recently, I found a letter to my father dated May, 1946. The letter was signed by eight workmen from the paint shop of the naval dockyard in Hong Kong. My father was there to help re-establish the naval base after the Second World War. In quaint English they wrote: “You treated us very well. We always talk about your good conduct and gentle movement as a story.” May the story that our lives tell commend the Christian way of life to others as we seek to glorify God in our bodies. —Brian Powlesland

I want, and this sums up my prayer,
To glorify Thee till I die;
Then calmly to yield up my soul to Thy care,
And breathe out, in faith, my last sigh. —Charlotte Elliot

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Genesis 3:1-24; Job 4:1-5:27; Matthew 3:1-17

And they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. Ezek. 33:31

The people came to Ezekiel to hear the Lord’s word, then went and pursued their own pleasures. Are we “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22)? Or do we find ourselves taken up with the things of this world with no time for the things of the Lord? Oh, may we “know the Lord” (Hos. 6:3), and the knowledge of His grace and glory. —Annette Baal

Oh, fill me with Thy fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart o’erflow,
In kindling tho’t and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show. —Frances R. Havergal