Monday, May 20, 2019

Numbers 33:1-56; Proverbs 29:1-27; Luke 4:16-44

Be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Between 1983 and 2017, one of 7 possible mottos inscribed on the pound coin was that of the city of Edinburgh “Nisi dominus frustra”—“It is vain without the Lord”. We can often be so taken up with trying to do things for the Lord that we can forget to ask for His help and blessing. Said the psalmist “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” (Ps. 127:1). —Brian Powlesland

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone—
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. —W. D. Longstaff

May 20

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 33:1-56; Proverbs 29:1-27; Luke 4:16-44

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

Peter had seen beyond the “Son of Man” (Luke 9:22), to the “Son of the living God.” He had recognized that behind the veil of Christ’s flesh, absolute deity was enshrined in all its fullness. Others had marvelled at the wonderful works the Lord had done, but Peter goes further. It isn’t just that God is “with” Him, but that He Himself “is” God. Many today would be prepared to acknowledge Christ as a historical figure, but anything short of acknowledging His deity will not suffice. Our salvation depends on Him being, not only “Son of Man,” but “Son of the living God.” It is only as such that He could be our Saviour. —W. H. Burnett

Verily God, yet become truly human;
Lower than angels to die in our stead. —H. d’A. Champney