May 2

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 12:1-13:33; Proverbs 10:1-32; 1 Peter 2:1-25

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. Genesis 6:5-6

These two verses take us to the heart of the matter. Man’s heart and God’s heart. What is the matter with man’s heart? It is the chronic condition called sin—every imagination of its thoughts is only evil continually. At this the Lord was grieved in His heart and moved to stop man’s violence, resulting in the flood. Ultimately the Father sent the Son of His heart into this world to pay the penalty of our sin. —Rex Trogdon

O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee, near to the heart of God. —C. B. McAfee

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Numbers 12:1-13:1-33; Proverbs 10:1-32; 1 Peter 2:1-25

Return to thine own house…And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. Luke 8:39

Many are anxious to tell those they don’t know about Christ before living a transformed life among those they do know. It’s easier to tell strangers than to live a changed life among family and friends. With them, we may need to ask forgiveness for past offenses—and exhibit Christ’s love when misunderstood. Do those nearest and dearest to us see evidence of what Jesus has done? Have you told them and showed them? My friend, this is where it all starts! —Deborah Manera

Every day you are witnessing. Your witness is the total package of your attitudes, character, and actions. It does not lie. —Winkie Pratney