Joshua 13:1-33; Isaiah 9:8-10:4; Luke 24:36-53
Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite…have wholly followed the Lord. Numbers 32:12
The Kenizzites were Canaanites, foreigners, Gentiles. Caleb, in Hebrew, means “dog”, a common Jewish epithet for Gentiles. But Caleb is the only one of whom it says repeatedly that he “wholly followed the Lord”. Unlike the thousands of native Israelites who carelessly threw away their inheritance in the land and chose unbelief instead, Caleb could not be turned away from the true God he had found. Then one day, Caleb, an adopted Jew, and Joshua, a native Jew, entered the promised land together. Let us wholeheartedly hold fast to our inheritance. —M. MacMullen
I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. —2 Tim. 1:12
DAILY READINGS: Joshua 13:1-33; Isaiah 9:8-10:4; Luke 24:36-53
Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here…” John 7:6
The Lord declared that His time had not yet come to accomplish the work of salvation. Eventually it would come, but only according to God’s perfect timing—not before and not after. In contrast, their time was always ready as it is with anyone outside the household of faith. What it takes to make peace in a person’s life is unknown to us (Luke 19:42). But one thing is sure, dear friend, your time is always ready to come to the Saviour since you do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). Why not settle the issue and come to Him today? —Mark Kolchin
“All things are ready,” come to the feast! Come, for the door is open
wide; A place of honour is reserved, for you at the Master’s side.
Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35
As for God, his way is perfect. 2 Samuel 22:31
One of the results of being created with free will is the natural desire to do things “our own way.” This desire is not only limited to rebellious children, but plagues every one of us. We feel that “our way” is always best. But God disagrees. He reminds us that our ways are not His ways, because His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours (Isa. 55:8). By totally surrendering our will to His, we will discover that “his way” is always perfect. —E. V.
Have Thine own way Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting yielded and still. —Adelaide A. Pollard
DAILY READINGS: Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35
For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2
As an emergency room physician, I saw patients soon after they were injured. “What happened?” I would ask. Commonly they responded: “Well, it was so stupid, I was just…” In other words, they knew better, but did not take the time or care to prevent an injury. How tragic and terrible would it be for one who knew Christ died for their sins, and who knew that accepting Him as Saviour and Lord would mean eternal life; how tragic indeed for such a one to be cast into the lake of fire. Forever. —David Logan
Come to the Saviour, make no delay;
Here in His Word, He’s shown us the way. —George F. Root
Joshua 10:1-43; Isaiah 7:1-8:4; Luke 23:47-24:12
Whoever offers praise glorifies Me. Psalm 50:23, NKJV
That, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31, NKJV
Everything that God does and has ever done has been done to bring Him glory, (Isa. 42:8; Rom. 9:23; Jer. 9:23-24). Indeed, He deserves all the glory for the wondrous things He has done. When we praise our Lord Jesus Christ we glorify Him and His Father. He is worthy of our richest adoration and thanksgiving. May our praises ring out for His glory today. —Annette Baal
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty;
God in three persons, blessed Trinity —Reginald Heber
DAILY READINGS: Joshua 10:1-43; Isaiah 7:1-8:4; Luke 23:47-24:12
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, NKJV
On September 25, 2008, father of three, Austin Hemmings of Auckland New Zealand was fatally stabbed after going to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted. Austin, a Christian, stepped in to save the life of a stranger and, in doing so, gave his own life. In a vastly greater way that’s what Jesus did! He sacrificed His life for the whole world. When we were unable to help ourselves, Jesus died in our place so that we might live. Have you received Him as your Saviour. Have you thanked Him for taking your place? —J. Fleming
The death He died was mine, His suffering was for me,
The life I live today is His and I’m forever free. —J. F.
Joshua 9:1-27; Isaiah 6:1-13; Luke 23:13-46
[Daniel] kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Daniel 6:10
Though public prayer is prohibited in many places, today the believer still has “round the clock” access to the throne of grace for any and every type of need (Heb. 4:16). It has been said that as long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. That’s true for every facet of life. He knows every need of our hearts. May we today, appropriate and enjoy this privilege, of coming to the God of Heaven regardless of our circumstances or location. —Wm. H. Gustafson
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, uttered or unexpressed,
The motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh, the falling of a tear,
The upward glance of an eye when none but God is near. —Montgomery
DAILY READINGS: Joshua 9:1-27; Isaiah 6:1-13; Luke 23:13-46
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
The garden of Eden, was God’s ideal earthly home for man. There he enjoyed the fruit of God’s provision, and was blessed with His fellowship. Alas, man rebelled against his Creator. But there was another garden, Gethsemane, where our Lord did not act on His own will as Adam had, but bowed to the will of His Father and went to the cross to save us from the wreckage of that first sin. By faith in Him, God’s heavenly home is opened. Do you believe? —Milton Haack
For me it was in the garden, He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs, but sweat drops of blood for mine.
O how marvelous! O how wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!
—Charles Hutchinson Gabriel
Joshua 8:1-35; Isaiah 5:1-30; Luke 22:54-23:12
Moses said unto the Lord…thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Exodus 33:12
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. Exodus 33:14
Moses seems to be asking for a man to go with him. In response, God promised He would be the one to go with Moses. A wise man has said, “Safety does not consist in the absence of danger but in the presence of God.” The believer is promised no less, “I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20). —Ken Gross
What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms:
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms. —Elisha A. Hoffman
DAILY READINGS: Joshua 8:1-35; Isaiah 5:1-30; Luke 22:54-23:12
For I am the Lord who heals you. Exodus 15:26b, NKJV
The word “abracadabra” was used in ancient days as a magic formula to heal sickness. To experience healing, the name had to be written in a special way on parchment and worn around the neck. Today, there are many “abracadabras” that promise that souls can be healed by good works. However, only by faith in Jesus’ death can we be delivered from our sins. How sad to see multitudes trusting in false cures, when the Scriptures tell us about the Lord Jesus who came to heal. —R. Surgenor
For Jesus shed His precious blood, rich blessings to bestow; Plunge
now into the crimson flood, that washes white as snow. Only trust
Him! Only trust Him! Only trust Him now! He will save you! He
will save you! He will save you now! —J. M. Sammis