Friday, January 31, 2020

Genesis 38:1-30; Psalms 15:1-16:11; Matthew 21:33-22:14

I have surely seen the affliction of my people…for I know their sorrows. Exodus 3:7

We don’t read very far into God’s Word before we come to this verse that tells us of the great love and compassion that God has for His beloved people. Are you going through a time of deep sorrow? Be assured He cares. Isaiah says, “he hath…carried our sorrows” (Isa. 53:4). Peter says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). This is no stone god who never sees nor hears us, but a God who loves us intensely. Take your problem to Him. —Mary Robins

O yes He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief. —Frank E. Graeff

January 31

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 38; Psalms 15:1-16:11; Matt. 21:33-22:14

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

Years ago, on a snowy winter Sunday morning in England, a young boy took his mother’s advice and went to a Primitive Methodist Chapel. Because of the weather, the minister hadn’t shown up. A “layman” from the little congregation took his place and expounded repeatedly on the above verse. Addressing the visitor he said: “Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! You have nothing to do but to look and live.” Charles Spurgeon looked and was saved. —E. MacLelland

Life is offered unto you, Hallelujah! Eternal life your soul shall have,
If you only look to Him, Hallelujah! Look to Jesus who alone can save.
—William A. Ogden

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Genesis 37:1-36; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matthew 21:1-32

You are our epistle…known and read of all men. 2 Corinthians 3:2, NKJV

The great nineteenth century evangelist, D. L. Moody used to say, “Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me.” Today fewer and fewer people spend time in serious reading of holy Scripture but Christians are “read” every day. Do the readers see kindness, compassion, patience and purity or something else? Do they see a reflection of the attractive character of Christ and yearn to see more? That is the challenge for us as Christians today. —Paul Young

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wondrous compassion and purity.
Oh! Thou Spirit divine all my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. —Tom M. Jones

January 30

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 37; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matt. 21:1-32

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever…To him who made the great lights…the moon and stars to rule over the night. Psalm 136:1, 7, 9 

In a comic strip, a boy stares into the starry night sky and proclaims, “I’m significant! Screamed the dust speck.” The irony brings a smile, but for the child of God it stirs our hearts. Certainly when contrasted with the vastness of the universe, we seem insignificant; yet God knows us, and loves us! In fact, the Creator of the universe knows our thoughts before we think them, our words before we speak them, and our actions before we do them. Even greater, He calls us friends and has laid down His life for us. —Jaby Jacob

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
—Joseph Scriven

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Genesis 36:1-43; Psalms 9:1-10:18; Matthew 20:17-34

And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha. John 19:17

Whenever I am struggling to lift or carry an object, a little pair of hands inevitably reach out to help me. Even if the item in question is too heavy for him to manage, my little boy puts a hand on the object to let me know he is helping. He just wants to be associated with me and the work I am doing. In much the same way, we can never bear the full weight of the cross—praise God we have no need to! However, it is important that, as believers, we show our allegiance to Him by being associated with His work. —Matthew Butler

I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown. —George Bennard

January 29

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 36; Psalms 9:1-10:18; Matt. 20:17-34

Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24

George Kirk was a believer who valued, “Real Life Insurance.” He prayed, “You have given me true insurance that is payable when I leave this life by death. I may purchase insurance on my physical life, but only You could purchase, and totally pay for, insurance that has an eternal guarantee. May I, as a steward, be a good insurance salesman of the greatest offer ever made to all mankind. It costs the beneficiary absolutely nothing and gives absolutely everything.” Do you have that insurance? —Anon.

We’ve a story to tell to the nations that shall turn their hearts to
the right, A story of truth and sweetness, a story of peace and light.
—Colin Stern

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Genesis 35:1-29; Psalms 7:1-8:9; Matthew 19:16-20:16

And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. Luke 7:15

The Lord Jesus and a large crowd that was following him had come upon another large gathering—a funeral procession. It was for a young man who had been the only son of his widowed mother. The Lord interrupted the funeral and raised him back to life! He could have just gone on his way then, but instead He o?ered a simple, yet profound gesture: “he delivered him to his mother.” In the midst of all those people, Jesus acknowledged this woman. Do you feel lost in the crowd? Be encouraged: even among the billions, the Lord knows and loves you personally. —Lynn Shatford

When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Saviour cares. —Frank E. Graeff

January 28

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 35; Psalms 7:1-8:9; Matt. 19:16-20:16

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him? Psalm 8:3-4

If it cost a penny to travel a thousand miles, a cruise to the moon would be only $2.38. But if you wanted to go to the sun, the one-way ticket would cost $930. And a trip to the nearest star would be, hold onto your hat—$260 million. Yet a place in the very heart of the One who made this vast universe is free, based on the priceless sacrifice of Christ. Have you reserved your place? —William MacDonald

Wonder of wonders! Vast surprise! Can bigger wonder be?
That He who built the starry skies Once bled and died for me.
—Author Unknown

Monday, January 27, 2020

Genesis 33:18-34:31; Psalms 4:1-6:10; Matthew 19:1-15

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Matthew 6:22

After receiving my new glasses, I was disappointed that my vision was still blurry. I went back to my optometrist and he assured me the prescription was correct, but that it was time to get the wrinkle at the back of my eye surgically corrected. Likewise, our spiritual vision can become distorted—by cultural influences, our own prejudices, fear, bitterness and pride. Daily, we need our eyes opened and cleansed by reading God’s Word, and our hearts illuminated to understand by the Holy Spirit. Meditate on Him today! —Glenda Paquette

Silently now I wait for Thee, ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illuminate me, Spirit divine. —Clara H. Scott

January 27

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 33:18-34:31; Psalms 4:1-6:10; Matt. 19:1-15

The wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23, KJV
They found in him no guilt worthy of death. Acts 13:28
Christ died for our sins. 1 Corinthians 15:3, KJV

It has been pointed out by G. Campbell Morgan that when the Lord Jesus, the sinless Substitute, died on the cross, there was no cause in Him to die. Therefore He created in the universe an infinite credit value He did not need for Himself, upon which every sinner may draw. All the value of that death becomes available to any who will by faith appropriate it, and, receiving Christ and His finished work, such a sinner will pass from spiritual death unto life eternal. Have you ever received Him? —J. B. Nicholson

Thine is the joy, but yet ’tis mine. ‘Tis ours as one with Thee;
My joy flows from that grief of Thine; Thy death brings life to me.
—Author Unknown