Monday, June 17, 2019

Deuteronomy 32:15-52; Hosea 2:1-3:5 ; Luke 17:20-18:14

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

If we were to compare our suffering with the suffering of our Saviour, there would be a wide gap indeed. Oh how He suffered for us! But His sufferings are past and now we wait to share an incomparable glory with Him. What glory that will be! “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Peter 5:10). May this be our occupation until He comes. —Harold G. Smith

When I shall reach the more excellent glory,
And my trials are passed, I shall be like Him, O wondrous story!
I shall be like Him at last. —W. A. Spencer

June 17

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 32:15-52; Hos. 2:1-3:5 ; Luke 17:20-18:14

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father. 1 Thessalonians 1:3, NKJV 

Faith, hope, and love are the cardinal virtues of the Christian life, and they are the three greatest evidences of salvation. Positively, genuine faith leads to works for our Lord (Ephesians 2:8-10); love publicly evidences salvation (Romans 5:5); and hope expresses an alert expectation of Christ’s return (1 Thessalonians 1:10). Negatively, without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), we are without hope if without Christ (Ephesians 2:12), and if anyone loves not the Lord Jesus he is accursed (1 Corinthians 16:22). —W. Ross Rainey

Faith, and hope, and love, a glorious threefold cord;
Virtues from above, through the goodness of the Lord. —W. R. R.