July 31

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 3:1-21; Isaiah 46:1-13; 2 Cor. 6:11-7:16

Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world. Psalm 49:1, NKJV

On a trip to the annual flower show in Ayr, Scotland, I was impressed by a floral display centered around four books stacked with their titles on their spines. Three of the books were by the Scottish born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie—“Round the World,” “Problems of Today,” and “The Gospel of Wealth.” The fourth book on top of the others was “The Holy Bible.” It stands above the others in that it contains the gospel of eternal wealth in Christ and also the answer to all the problems of today, around the world, and including your own little corner. —Brian Powlesland

The Bible is the book to read; it meets and answers every need.
When in perplexity and doubt, the Bible points the right way out.
—Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

1 Samuel 3:1-21; Isaiah 46:1-13; 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:16

Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have
purposed, so shall it stand. Isaiah 14:24

A recurring theme throughout Scripture is God’s sovereign governance.
Entwined with His long-suffering mercy and grace is the
ultimate finality of holiness and justice. The reign of sin will come
to an end along with all of its subjects; but those who have trusted
that their own justice was enacted at Calvary will go on into everlasting
glory. Mercy and truth, righteousness and peace—they
have embraced at the cross. Have you been there for yourself?
—Rick Morse

Beneath the cross of Jesus, at times mine eye can see;
The very dying form of One who suffered there for me.
— Elizabeth Clephane

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

1 Samuel 2:1-36; Isaiah 44:24-45:25; 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:10

Some of the king’s descendants. Daniel 1:3, NKJV

These captive children of Israel are described here as “some of the
royal family” (nasb). What a bright future lay ahead of them, until
that fateful (yet God-ordained) day when they were taken away,
never to see “home” again! Imagine—from the privilege of their
father’s court to a foreigner’s court and from the land of God to
a land of many gods. Nothing was turning out as they anticipated.
Yet the Scriptures reveal that over the next few decades they
were exactly where God wanted them. We also are royal sons and
daughters in a foreign land. May we be as faithful to God as these
men were! —N. C. Funston

Tho’ exiled from home, yet still I may sing,
All glory to God, I’m a child of the King. —Harriet E. Buell

July 30

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 2:1-36; Isa. 44:24-45:25; 2 Cor. 5:11-6:10

For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it. Isaiah 45:18 , NKJV

Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22, NKJV

In verse 18, the Lord is described as the Creator of heaven and earth, evidencing His majesty, power and wisdom. In verse 22, He is shown as the Saviour, “Look to Me, and be saved,” evidencing His grace, love and compassion. He alone is both all-powerful and all-loving. He gives an invitation that carries a promise, but is there not a warning, too? “There is no other.” There is no other way, there is no other Saviour. —Reg. L. Jordan

No other song have I to sing but Jesus;
No other theme but Christ and Calvary. —John W. Peterson

Monday, July 29, 2019

1 Samuel 1:1-28; Isaiah 44:6-23; 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10

But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into
heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the
right hand of God. Acts 7:55

Stephen’s message was so powerful and convicting that it infuriated
the unbelieving crowd. They were full of anger, but he was
full of faith and the Spirit (Acts 6:5). Just before heaven opened to
receive him, he peered above and saw the glory of God and Jesus
standing at His right hand, waiting to receive him. A faithful testimony
for Christ, a steadfast gaze toward heaven, a forgiving heart
to others (v. 60) and then the call to glory, the same benchmarks that
we should exhibit in our witness and service. —Mark Kolchin

Gazing on the Lord in glory, while our hearts in worship bow,
There we read the wondrous story, of the cross—its shame and woe.
—C. Thompson

July 29

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 1:1-28; Isaiah 44:6-23; 2 Cor. 4:7-5:10

Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Matthew 14:30

On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up and preached the gospel, and how true was his statement recorded in Acts 2:21. Peter had proved it in his own experience. He could look back to that occasion when, drowning in the sea, he cried to the Lord, “Lord, save me.” His cry was heard and his cry was answered. Can you look back to an experience in your life when you called on the Lord for forgiveness? If you can’t, may you do so today. Your prayer will be heard and answered. —John M. Clegg

We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves! Jesus saves! Tell the
message all around: Jesus saves! Jesus saves! —Priscilla J. Owens

Lord’s Day, July 28, 2019

Ruth 3:1-4:22; Isaiah 43:1-44:5; 2 Corinthians 3:1-4:6

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell
with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall
be with them, and be their God. Revelation 21:3

The Most High God is far above all, unequaled, and supreme.
Separate from His creation, He is the possessor of heaven and
earth, the Sovereign of the ages. Yet He delights to draw near to
us. God the Son descended from heaven, humbling Himself in
His incarnation, taking a servant’s place. He was willing to die
for our sins so all who believe on Him will eternally live with
God. Our future is to have the Most High God forever near to us.
Praise His name. —George Ferrier

God is both further from us, and nearer to us,
than any other being. —C. S. Lewis

July 28

DAILY READINGS: Ruth 3:1-4:22; Isaiah 43:1-44:5; 2 Cor. 3:1-4:6

For so is the will of God…well doing. 1 Peter 2:15 , KJV 

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Ephesians 2:10, KJV

The deception regarding the value of good works in the eyes of God has spread to such an extent that many believe that their good works will be the means to their acceptance with God. The Bible teaches that all works will be judged, but salvation is based on the finished work of Christ who died in our place for our sins. My “part” is either to trust in that sacrifice as being for me, or to reject it. Have you accepted, or are you still trying to work your way into God’s favour? —Rick Morse

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and
righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly
lean on Jesus’ name. —Edward Mote

July 27

DAILY READINGS: Ruth 2:1-23; Isaiah 42:1-25; 2 Corinthians 2:1-17

Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. Genesis 22:7-8

Where is the lamb?” is the great Old Testament question. “God will provide for himself the lamb” is the great New Testament answer. The Lamb was identified by John the Baptist, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Christ was the Lamb who was crucified for the sins of the world, your sins and mine, on Calvary. Is He your Saviour? —Milton Haack

Lamb of God, we fall before Thee, humbly trusting in Thy cross. That
alone be all our glory; all things else are only dross. —Joseph Hart

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Ruth 2:1-23; Isaiah 42:1-25; 2 Corinthians 2:1-17

Get thee out…unto a land that I will shew thee. Genesis 12:1
Take now thy son…upon one of the mountains which I will tell
thee of. Genesis 22:2

Wouldn’t it be great if God showed and told us exactly where
we were to go and what we were to do in life? Yet, note the order
in both of these verses. First came the instructions to obey: “Get
out”, “Take your son”. Then, following that obedience, came the
directions—not all at once, mind you, but one step at a time. Such
is the walk of faith: one step of obedience brings light for the next
step of obedience. God is not obligated to “show” or “tell” us
anything when we have not yet obeyed in an area of our lives that
God has clearly put His finger on. —Brian Cretney

One step thou seest: then go forward boldly;
Take that, and thy next duty shall be told thee. —Author Unknown