April 26

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 6:1-27; Proverbs 3:1-35; Mark 14:53-72

Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. Romans 5:20

Even our righteous acts are like filthy rags in the eyes of God (Isaiah 64:6). Yet, no matter how sin has revealed itself in us, there is good news—the Gospel of the grace of God. On the cross the Lord Jesus paid the price for all our sins and whether great or few, God’s grace abounds more. Friend, you may have done great harm to yourself and others. Don’t despair. Trust Christ as your Saviour today and He will immediately forgive, change and welcome you as His own. —George Ferrier

Marvellous grace of our loving Lord, Grace that exceeds our
sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled. —J. H. Johnston

Friday, April 26, 2019

Numbers 6:1-27; Proverbs 3:1-35; Mark 14:53-72

Do not think it strange. 1 Peter 4:12a, NKJV

Something that is strange is different, foreign, or odd. That could include languages, food, or experiences. It is “experiences” that Peter is alluding to here. He speaks of trials as if they were familiar, not different; as if they were known, not foreign; and as if they were common-place, not odd. It’s actually when we don’t “suffer as a Christian” that we should think it strange. We may expect trials if we’re living for Christ, but do we rejoice as we recognize God working in our life? If not, that would be strange. —N. C. Funston

It may be thro’ the shadows dim,
Or o’er the stormy sea,
I take the cross and follow Him,
Wherever He leadeth me. —Baylus Benjamin McKinney