January 23

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 29; Job 38:1-39:30; Matt. 15:29-16:12

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

Consider how contrary to our thinking are God’s ways. Regarding fame, God says, “The greatest among you shall be your servant… and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:11-12). Regarding wealth, it is written: “another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth” (Proverbs 13:7). And regarding our soul’s salvation the most blessed contradiction of all—we must be made white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14). “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). —D. Pickup

Are you washed in the blood, In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? —E. A. Hoffman