January 30

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 37; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matt. 21:1-32

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever…To him who made the great lights…the moon and stars to rule over the night. Psalm 136:1, 7, 9 

In a comic strip, a boy stares into the starry night sky and proclaims, “I’m significant! Screamed the dust speck.” The irony brings a smile, but for the child of God it stirs our hearts. Certainly when contrasted with the vastness of the universe, we seem insignificant; yet God knows us, and loves us! In fact, the Creator of the universe knows our thoughts before we think them, our words before we speak them, and our actions before we do them. Even greater, He calls us friends and has laid down His life for us. —Jaby Jacob

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
—Joseph Scriven

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Genesis 37:1-36; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matthew 21:1-32

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

We live in a pluralistic world, where to be dogmatic about anything is frowned upon. We are told that we must be tolerant of each point of view. Unfortunately for such a world, the Scriptures make it abundantly clear that there is no other means of being saved from the eternal consequences of our sin than through the blessed name of the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning death at Calvary. The Lord Jesus Himself said “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6, nkjv). Dogmatic? Yes! Salvation depends on accepting this blessed truth. —W. H. Burnett

Man of Sorrows! What a name, for the Son of God who came,
Ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Saviour! —P. P. Bliss