April 27

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 7:1-89; Proverbs 4:1-27; Mark 15:1-23

And also say, “Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us.” For he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.” Genesis 32:20, NKJV

Jacob feared death at the hand of his brother and so he tried to appease his brother’s anger with gifts. We face the wrath of God and eternal death (Romans 6:23). God is not appeased by our gifts or good works. It is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5, NKJV). Which method are you counting on—your gifts and works or His gift to you? —P. W.

Thy work alone, my Saviour, can ease this weight of sin; Thy blood
alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within. —Horatius Bonar