Saturday, January 26, 2019

Genesis 32:1-33:17; Psalms 1:1-3:8; Matthew 18:15-35

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

The little boy looked up with a tear-stained face. “I was trying to draw something for Grandma, but I can’t do it! I just made a mess”. Without a word, his artistic teenaged sister picked up his paper and began to add her own strokes. When she showed her brother the final picture, he was amazed. She had taken his “mess” and made it into something beautiful! What a lovely picture of what the Lord does for us. He takes all things, even our messes and makes them work together for our good and His glory! —Lynn Shatford

All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But He made something beautiful of my life. —B. Gaither

January 26

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 32-33:17, Psalms 1:1-3:8, Matt. 18:15-35

Saul defeated the Amalekites…But Saul and the people spared Agag (the king). 1 Samuel 15:7, 9
And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king…Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live.” Joshua 6:2, 17

What a contrast between what God, as opposed to man, spares from destruction! God is not impressed by the king with all his pomp, power, and prestige. But God is merciful to the prostitute whose heart has turned to the true God. He hears the cry of the penitent sinner regardless of their station in life. “Call to me and I will answer you” (Jeremiah 33:3), He promises. —D. Logan

Precious, precious blood of Jesus shed on Calvary;
Shed for rebels, shed for sinners, shed for me.—Frances R. Havergal

Friday, January 25, 2019

Genesis 31:1-55; Job 42:17; Matthew 17:14-18:14

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. Job 1:7

What pride and arrogance Satan displayed before his Creator. The Scriptures have much to say about pride. “Pride, and arrogancy…do I hate” (Prov. 8:13). “Pride goeth before destruction” (Prov. 16:18). “Those that walk in pride he is able to abase” (Dan. 4:37). Jeremiah tells us not to glory in our knowledge, power or wealth, but to glory in our knowledge of God’s love, justice and righteousness. That is surely the safe path for us. —Mary Robins

Not I but Christ, be honoured, loved, exalted:
Not I but Christ, be seen, be known, be heard:
Not I, but Christ, in every look and action: 
Not I but Christ, in every thought and word. —Mrs. A. A. Widdington

January 25

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 31; Job 42:1-17; Matt. 17:14-18:14

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36, KJV

Alexander the Great was arguably the greatest conqueror in history. He captured many lands and his empire grew larger and larger. Yet at the age of 32 Alexander passed out of time into eternity. Many people today place great emphasis on possessions and material goods rather than on thinking about their soul. Your soul’s salvation is far more important. To be saved is the most important thing in your life, far more important than material prosperity. We do not know what time we have left. May you make the right decision today! —John M. Clegg

Take the world, but give me Jesus, all its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever, through eternal years the same.
—Fanny J. Crosby

January 24

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 30; Job 40:1-41:34; Matt. 16:13-17:13

The heavens declare the glory of God… Psalm 19:1, KJV
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world…So they are without excuse. Romans 1:20

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a landmark in London, England. Of all the monuments that are to be found there one would expect to see one of the architect, Sir Christopher Wren. You will not find one. But his tomb is there. It is located under the floor directly under the main dome. Inscribed in Latin inlaid in the floor and placed there by his son, are the words, “If you would see his monument, look around!” If you want know about the Creator of the universe then simply look around! —Raymond Jones

Heav’n above is softer blue, Earth around is sweeter green! Something
lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen; —G. W. Robinson

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Genesis 30:1-43; Job 40:1-41:34; Matthew 16:13-17:13

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

What did David mean by the words “for his name’s sake”? In answer to this question it has been explained that, “If the second clause points out where He leads, this last clause points out why He leads us there”. He leads us so that He, not we, may be exalted. Have you bowed your knees before the Lord and confessed with your tongue that blessed name? —W. Ross Rainey

Jesus is the name that charms us;
He for conflict fits and arms us;
Nothing moves and nothing harms us,
While we trust in Him. —Thomas Kelly

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Genesis 29:1-35; Job 38:1-39:30; Matthew 15:29-16:12

For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth. Ecclesiastes 5:2

What a contrast in this verse! The Lord God, the Holy One, enthroned above in all His perfection. While here on earth are perishing sinners, totally unfit to join Him. Thank God for the One who bridges the gap! “For there is…one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:5-6). Thank God it is possible to be with Him in heaven! “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit” (Isa. 57:15). Will you be in heaven forever? —Pete Smith

Once Heaven seemed a far-off place,
Till Jesus saved me by His grace. —Charles J. Butler

January 23

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 29; Job 38:1-39:30; Matt. 15:29-16:12

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

Consider how contrary to our thinking are God’s ways. Regarding fame, God says, “The greatest among you shall be your servant… and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:11-12). Regarding wealth, it is written: “another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth” (Proverbs 13:7). And regarding our soul’s salvation the most blessed contradiction of all—we must be made white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14). “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). —D. Pickup

Are you washed in the blood, In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? —E. A. Hoffman

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Genesis 28:1-22; Job 36:1- 37:24; Matthew 15:1-28

Father, I have sinned… Luke 15:21
Go, and sin no more… John 8:11
If I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. Luke 19:8
Forgive…that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25

God’s forgiveness brings responsibilities for us. First, we must acknowledge our sin and turn from it. If we have wronged someone we need to put it right. Finally, we must in turn be prepared to show forgiveness to others. —Janet Fleming

Forgiven—Free from the debt I could not pay He paid the price I owed that day,
Then let that same forgiveness flow That others too His love might know. —Janet Fleming

January 22

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 28; Job 36:1-37:24; Matt. 15:1-28

“…And now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer…” Jeremiah 7:13, NKJV

The Hebrew verb translated “rising up early” figuratively showed God’s eager desire for Israel’s repentance. He beseeched them earnestly and urgently, early and often. Friend, today God is tenderly pleading with you to repent and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He earnestly implores you because He loves you. He urgently appeals to you because the alternative is a lost eternity. He pleads with you early and often because time is short. Will you trust Him today? —George Ferrier

Come and He will give you rest; trust Him, for His word is plain;
He will take the sinfulest; Christ receiveth sinful men. —E. Neumeister