January 7

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 8:20-9:29; Job 11:1-12:25; Matt. 6:1-18

Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” Matthew 27:22, NKJV

What was Pilate to do with this man whose death was demanded by the people? His wife counselled EVASION: “Have nothing to do with that just Man” (Matthew 27:19, NKJV). This is an impossibility, for He is the great unavoidable One. He can be NEGLECTED. King Agrippa said, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian” (Acts 26:28, NKJV). He can be REJECTED. “He who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him“. Or He can be ACCEPTED. “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life” (John 3:36, NKJV). What will you do? —Neil Dougal

Hallelujah! ‘Tis done, I believe on the Son;
I am saved by the blood of the crucified One.—Philip P. Bliss

Monday, January 7, 2019

Genesis 8:20-9:29; Job 11:1-12:25; Matthew 6:1-18

How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! Numbers 24:5

Balaam, the soothsayer, was asked by the enemy to curse Israel. Instead God made sure he blessed them, even though, at times, the nation deserved retribution. Like most believers I often feel a failure, but the Lord comes alongside and reminds me that I am precious in His sight. I thank God that despite my weaknesses I am loved and preserved as one of His family. —Brian Russell

He walks with me and talks with me,
And tells me I am His own. —C. Austin Miles