Lord’s Day, May 31, 2020

Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32; Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7; Luke 9:18-36

It was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea…asked for the body of Jesus. Mark 15:42-43, NKJV

His request granted, Joseph purchased the linen needed to wrap the body. Then he took down the body of the Lord. Picture him bending with tears over the almost unrecognizable features so beloved, tenderly wrapping that precious body with the best linen in the world. Carrying his precious burden, Joseph was now ceremonially unclean and unable to take part in Passover—perhaps for the first time in his life. Preparation Day. Joseph unwittingly preparing for a new Sabbath, for Resurrection Day. Prepare and then worship. —M. MacMullen

Amidst us our Beloved stands,
And bids us view His pierced hands. —A. P. Gibbs

May 31

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 10:12-11:32; Song 1:1-2:7; Luke 9:18-36

For thus said the Lord God…“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling, Isaiah 30:15 

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. Isaiah 32:17

The world cannot offer quietness or assurance. Those without Christ run frantically to and fro seeking both because they refuse to accept these gifts from the Saviour. Only where righteousness prevails will quietness and peace be found. If you’re still looking, the key is, “In returning and rest you shall be saved.” Come to Christ and trust Him today! —W. H. Gustafson

I bring my sins to Thee, the sins I cannot count; That all may
cleansed be in Thy once opened fount. —Frances R. Havergal

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:11; Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14; Luke 9:1-17

Even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isaiah 46:4

When I was younger I often heard older people say, “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” I suppose another way to put it would be that, “It is only for the brave.” Certainly aging brings unique challenges to our life journey. But isn’t it just one more of life’s seasons to trust fully to our Lord? Then we’ll see that triumphant aging is the lot of the one who trusts the Lord. He will bear; He will carry; He will deliver. —Ken Gross

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall;
Trusting Jesus, that is all. —Edgar P. Stites

May 30

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 9:1-10:11; Eccl. 11:1-12:14; Luke 9:1-17

The Lord is…patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

God’s judgment is coming. Some may scoff at such a thought. Others are indifferent and live only for the moment. All the while God’s longsuffering continues. Why? Because He is waiting for as many as possible to turn to Him and to repent of their sins. He is waiting for you. But one day, and it could be soon, the door will close. Have you trusted Him? He’s waiting for you, but not for much longer! —L. Richard

What do you hope, dear brother,
To gain by a further delay?
There’s no one to save you but Jesus,
There’s no other way but His way. —G. F. Root

Friday, May 29, 2020

Deuteronomy 7:12-8:20; Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20; Luke 8:40-56

And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness…Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand. 1 Samuel 23:14, NKJV
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Cor. 10:4-5, NKJV

For David, strongholds in the wilderness were a source of safety. But for us, strongholds are physical, mental or spiritual issues that hold us captive. When we turn these things over to Him, the Holy Spirit helps us to keep our thoughts on Jesus and the freedom we have in Him. —Annette Baal

I will cast all my cares upon You. —Kelly Willard

May 29

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 7:12-8:20; Eccl. 9:11-10:20; Luke 8:40-56

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

This chapter starts with a dark description of the lost estate of each one who is outside of Christ. But it ends with God indwelling each one who trusts Christ as Saviour. From start to finish, God’s mercy and love shine forth. Because of His great love toward us, He has saved us. Love is the basis and motivation for everything He has given to us and made us. Thank God for His infinite and unconditional love. —B. Crawford

Hark! the voice of love and mercy, sounds aloud from Calvary;
See, it rends the rocks asunder, shakes the earth, and transforms me.
—Anonymous

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Deuteronomy 6:1-7:11; Ecclesiastes 8:1-9:10; Luke 8:22-39

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3

After returning home from a far country, I found that I could not convert my leftover currency back into Canadian dollars. It had no value here. Similarly, many are hoping that some day they will be able to exchange their own righteousness for heavenly currency. Yet falling short of God’s righteousness, their good deeds will be worthless. Instead, we must solely believe on Christ and His work at Calvary. When we do so, God exchanges our faith for Heaven’s currency, Christ’s perfect righteousness. —George Ferrier

The good works of the unsaved may indeed benefit their fellow-creatures; but until life in Christ has been received, they cannot please God. —Hudson Taylor

May 28

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 6:1-7:11; Eccl. 8:1-9:10; Luke 8:22-39

But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9

God missed His child. That hour of fellowship meant much to Adam, and it meant more to God. How sad it was when that
beautiful fellowship was broken by sin and disobedience. God did not wait till Adam found his way back to His side, but He
hastened in search of him. God knew the answer to the question, “Where are you?” but Adam didn’t understand that he was lost, condemned, and ready to die—just as many today don’t realize it. Still the good Shepherd is seeking lost sheep to bring them home to the eternal fold. Have you come to Him? —Milton Haack

Seeking the lost, yes, kindly entreating, wanderers on the mountain
astray; Come unto Me, His message repeating, words of the Master
speaking today. —Anonymous

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Deuteronomy 5:1-33; Ecclesiastes 7:1-29; Luke 8:1-21

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

As a little one was being tucked into bed, she turned and said, “Mommy, I was thinking about gravity and I’ve decided it is God at the centre of the world, protecting and keeping His children right side up when the world is upside down.” How wonderful to know our great God can keep His dear people right side up, in an upside down world. He cares for you—today. —Arnot P. McIntee

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
Lean weary one upon His breast, God will take care of you. —Civilla Durfee Martin

May 27

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 5:1-33; Ecclesiastes 7:1-29; Luke 8:1-21

To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:4, NKJV

The story is told of a newly saved man who was sitting on the porch reading his Bible. A friend passing by stopped and asked, ”Tom, what are you reading?” “Oh,” said Tom, “I’m reading a legacy, and I’m so happy to see all to which I am an heir.” “Who died?” asked the friend. The young believer replied, “The one who died was my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, and now His inheritance is mine!” —E. MacLelland

Keep the eye single, the head upward lifted;
Watch for the glory of earth’s coming King;
Lo! o’er the mountain tops light is now breaking;
Heirs of the kingdom, rejoice ye and sing. —Lowell Mason