Monday, January 14, 2019

Genesis 19:1-38; Job 22:1-30; Matthew 10:24-11:1

And Jesus said, Make the men sit down…So the men sat down… And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down. John 6:10-11

The people who sat down and ate that day were filled and satisfied. They sought the Lord afterwards so that they might be fed again. Likewise we who follow the Lord and desire to be spiritually fed by Him must “sit down”: we must be serious and attentive to receive. Spiritual nutrition and satisfaction won’t come to those who are impatient or haphazard in their encounters with Jesus, just catching a “bite” of Scripture while on the run. —D. Pickup

Long as my life shall last, Teach me Thy way!
Wher-e’er my lot be cast, Teach me Thy way! —B. Mansell Ramsey

January 14

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 19; Job 22:1-30; Matt. 10:24-11:1

Jesus wept. John 11:35, KJV
Rejoice evermore. 1 Thessalonians 5:16, KJV

Two of the shortest verses in the Bible, yet with profound lessons. Jesus wept, not only at the loss of his friend Lazarus in death, but because He saw the effects of sin, “For the wages of sin is [eternal] death” (Romans 6:23, KJV). But, if we accept God’s salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord, we can be assured that He will remove our transgressions “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12, KJV). He will remember our sins no more. Is that not worth rejoicing about? —Bob Cretney

Rejoice in the Lord! Oh, let His mercy cheer;
He sunders the bands that enthrall;
Redeemed by His blood, why should we ever fear,
Since Jesus is our all in all? —G. M. J.