Thursday, January 16, 2020

Genesis 22:1-24; Job 25:1-26:14; Matthew 12:1-21

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14

What a blessed prospect! Before modern technology existed we wondered how this could be accomplished. Now we see evidences of that global “news” coverage constantly. “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). So we shouldn’t be overwhelmed with the misuse of current technology, but should realize that it is simply another evidence of His soon return. Our great God can do with it as He so chooses. —Wm. H. Gustafson

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove;
The glories of His righteousness. —Isaac Watts

January 16

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 22; Job 25:1-26:14; Matt. 12:1-21

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor. 2 Corinthians 8:9

In 1936, the heir to the British throne gave up his kingdom to marry the woman he loved. In an interview, the director of a film portraying that story commented that she had “been loved a lot, but no one has ever given up their kingdom for me.” But that’s exactly what the Lord Jesus did! He left the beauties of heaven and came to this sin-cursed earth, to die a shameful death on the cross—all that He might woo us to Himself. How can you spurn love like that? —Lynn Shatford

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me!
But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary. —E. Elliott