Thursday, January 2, 2020

Genesis 2:4-25; Job 2:11-3:26; Matthew 2:1-23

Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars. Proverbs 9:1, NKJV
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:17, NKJV

In Proverbs, wisdom is personified, building her house with the perfect number of pillars—seven. These seven pillars could be compared to the characteristics of wisdom named in the Book of James. Those pillars of wisdom are: pure, peaceable, gentle, available, merciful, fruitful, and sincere. Jesus Christ became for us wisdom from God (1 Cor. 1:30). Build on Him! —Rex Trogdon

So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ,
And the blessings will come down. —Ann Omley

January 2

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 2:4-25; Job 2:11-3:26; Matt. 2

Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, KJV

During a political revolution in a South American city, the bullets flew, and frightened bystanders ran for cover. Many fell wounded and dying in the city square. A lad ran for cover behind a large tree just as a bullet embedded itself in the trunk. When the firing ceased and all was safe, he dug the bullet out with his knife, and with deep gratitude carved in the scarred trunk, “God bless this tree.” The tree saved his life; and the death of Christ on Calvary’s tree can save your soul.
—Arnot P. McIntee

It was for me, yes, all for me, O Love of God, so great, so free;
O wondrous love, I’ll shout and sing,
He died for me, my Lord and King! —John M. Whyte