Monday, February 24, 2020

Exodus 15:1-27; Psalm 51:1-19; Acts 8:5-40

The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master’s crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider. Isaiah 1:3, NKJV

God laboured to create a people for Himself, but the Jewish nation rebelled against His intentions and care for them. They did not even display the instinctive awareness and respect that an ox has for its owner, or a donkey for its master’s crib. Let us not pass over this injunction without challenging our own hearts. The crib speaks of where we rest and are fed. How well do we know God’s Word and character? How willing are we to rest in Him, trust His promises, and honour His commands? The prophet’s message is timeless. We owe Him full allegiance not a superficial religious nod. —W. A. H.

Is this the kind return, and these the thanks we owe,
Thus to abuse eternal love, whence all our blessings flow? —I. Watts