January 18

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 24; Job 29:1-30:31; Matt. 13:1-23

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7

The same gospel that saves those who believe, also condemns the unrepentant. Noah built the ark as a refuge for whoever would heed the warning; sadly only eight people did. His ark consigned the unbelieving world to judgment. Christ died to save you. Have you received Him? —K. R. Keyser

“Call them in”—the mere professors, Slumbering, sleeping on hell’s brink; Naught of life are they possessors, Yet of safety vainly think. Bring them in—the careless scoffers, Pleasure-seekers of the earth; Tell of God’s most gracious offers, And of Jesus’ priceless worth. —Anna Shipton

Friday, January 18, 2019

Genesis 24:1-67; Job 29:1-30:31; Matthew 13:1-23

And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time. Jonah 3:1

The first two chapters of Jonah give factual details as to how God turned him back to Ninevah. The last two chapters enlighten us as to how God changed Jonah’s inner attitude. What we discover is that God wants us to do His will, not by force, but with a willing heart. In essence, His desire is for us to be like Him, not just to obey Him. To turn Jonah toward Nineveh, God sent the storm and the great fish. To turn him from his anger and hardheartedness, God sent the plant and the worm. What is He using to turn you? Are you listening? —Shane Johnson

I want to do Thy will O Lord, take me, break me, hold me and make me,
I want to do Thy will O Lord; I want to do Thy will O Lord! —D. Reeves