August 31

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 15:1-37; Zephaniah 3:1-20; Galatians 3:1-14

And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” 2 Samuel 9:8

When Mephibosheth was five years old, an unfortunate accident caused him to become lame on both feet. Today we would extend every effort to give such a one a quality of life as normal as possible. But as he stood before the king Mephibosheth’s estimation of himself was “a dead dog.” Are we any different as we stand before the King of kings? We come dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2) and the Lord gives us life. But more! David invited Mephibosheth to sit at his table and enjoy the bounty of the king. Our Lord makes the same offer. May we accept His invitation today. —Charlie Tempest

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus I come. Into Thy freedom,
gladness and light, Jesus I come to Thee. —William T. Sleeper

Saturday, August 31, 2019

2 Samuel 15:1-37; Zephaniah 3:1-20; Galatians 3:1-14

And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth
good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is
worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. John 2:10

Believers who get older and start to have mobility issues can
sometimes get depressed thinking about “the good old days”,
when they could do so much more. Spiritual paralysis sets in
as they feel they have become spectators in a life that requires
participation. Be encouraged dear saint, God has saved the good
wine until now. Focus on what you can do, not on what you cannot
do! He still has a great work for you. —Sid Halsband

While I am a pilgrim here, let Thy love my spirit cheer;
As my guide, my guard, my friend, lead me to my journey’s end.
—John Newton

August 30

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 14:1-33; Zephaniah 2:1-15; Galatians 2:1-21

Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30-31 

Here is a man who had come to a point where life was not worth living. Yet, he finds himself in the presence of two men who, even though beaten and in prison, still have joy and fulfillment. He asks them the most important question anyone can ask: “What must I do to be saved?” How wonderful it is to know that there is an answer to this question. Jesus Christ can forgive us our sins, give us a new life and a home in heaven for all eternity. Have you trusted Christ as your Lord and Saviour? —Crawford Paul

His precious blood was shed for me, and in that precious blood I see
The righteous ground, the perfect plea, for my complete acceptance.
—Author Unknown

Friday, August 30, 2019

2 Samuel 14:1-33; Zephaniah 2:1-15; Galatians 2

Who is he that condemneth? Romans 8:34

Are we condemning a fellow believer for their sin, their crude
speech or their questionable lifestyle? Christ died for them and is
interceding for them. Let us also pray for them and seek their holiness
and good by supplications and acts of kindness.
—D. Pickup

I gave My life for thee,
My precious blood I shed,
That thou might‘st ransomed be,
And quickened from the dead;
I gave, I gave My life for thee,
What hast thou given for Me?
— Frances R. Havergal

Thursday, August 29, 2019

2 Samuel 13:1-39; Zephaniah 1:1-18; Galatians 1:1-24

In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.
Psalm 120:1

It has been well said that trouble makes us cry unto the Lord.
The hymn writer notes, “No one understands like Jesus”. The
Hebrew word for “distress” occurs nearly two dozen times in the
Psalms. The psalmists knew first hand about trouble and distress
and they knew who to turn to in such trials. “Thou hast considered
my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities” (Ps. 31:7). “Casting
all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
—William H. Gustafson

Are you a-weary, does the way seem long?
Look to the Lamb of God.
His love will cheer and fill your heart with song.
Look to the Lamb of God. —H. G. Jackson

August 29

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 13:1-39; Zephaniah 1:1-18; Galatians 1:1-24

“Do you want to be healed?” John 5:6

We try to imagine the scene. A man who has been ill for thirtyeight years lies helpless beside the pool called Bethesda. He was without help, strength, or hope. Is not that a picture of the sinner today? We are all part of Adam’s fallen race (Romans 5:12) and are unable to get to heaven by our own efforts. Thank God for the Man who stood before him that day, the Lord Jesus Christ. A miracle took place and the man who had been unable to walk did exactly that (John 5:9). He would never forget the day he met the Saviour! May you find the Saviour precious today. —John M. Clegg

O Thou art precious to my heart, my portion and my joy;
Forever let Thy boundless grace my sweetest thoughts employ.
—Author Unknown

August 28

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 12:1-31; Habakkuk 3:1-19; Romans 16:1-27

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

This text takes in the basics of the gospel and salvation. Sins are mentioned here, our sins. Our former attitude is here—not that we loved God. No, we were not lovers of God at all, yet despite all of that He loved us! “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The Lord has “laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Truly here is love. Have you partaken of it? —Reg. L. Jordan

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore;
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more;
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I! —James Rowe

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2 Samuel 12:1-31; Habakkuk 3:1-19; Romans 16:1-27

By one man sin entered into the world. Romans 5:12
The gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:15

Two entirely opposite threads—each traced back to one man.
One man, Adam, brought sin through his disobedience and all
were made sinners. One Man, the Lord Jesus, brought grace and
died to put away sin by His obedience. He gave Himself a ransom
for all (1 Tim. 2:5-6), to make them righteous and that includes you
and me. Do you believe this? —K. C. Ung

I saw One hanging on a tree, in agony and blood,
Who fixed His languid eyes on me, as near His cross I stood.
Oh, can it be, upon a tree, the Saviour died for me?
My soul is thrilled, my heart is filled, to think He died for me!
— John Newton

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2 Samuel 10:1-11:27; Habakkuk 2:1-20; Romans 15:14-33

And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land
of the Jews, and in Jerusalem. Acts 10:39
But were eye witnesses of his majesty…when we were with him
in the holy mount. 2 Peter 1:16, 18
A witness of the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 5:1
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus…And we are his
witnesses of these things. Acts 5:30, 32

Peter gives a first-hand account of the life and work of Christ, in
both his preaching and written ministry. Deep impressions must
have been made upon the fisherman from Galilee, as he was an
eye witness to His humility, glory, agony and victory! May we be
a faithful witness for Him today. —Pete Smith

Christians, go and tell of Jesus,
How He died to save our souls. —Edward Hammond

August 27

DAILY READINGS: 2 Sam. 10:1-11:27; Habakkuk 2:1-20; Rom. 15:14-33

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12

A friend and I visited a neighbour’s home. We talked of heaven and as we were leaving my neighbour turned to my friend and referring to heaven, skeptically asked “Will I be there?” My friend simply stated, “The Bible says, ‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.’ Do you have the Son?” —J. Fleming

I am on my way to Heaven where I’ll see my Saviour’s face,
There I’ll sing redemption’s story, blessèd song of saving grace!
—H. J. Lacey