Monday, August 31, 2020

2 Samuel 15:1-37; Zephaniah 3:1-20; Galatians 3:1-14

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Jn. 9:5
[The church] which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 1:23
Among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:15

Jesus is no longer physically in the world. We are now His body. In His wisdom He has turned the work of illuminating the world over to us, through His Spirit. May God enable us to consciously and competently hold forth the Word of life, letting the Light of the world shine in that dark corner where we live. —D. Pickup

Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light a-far,
To the many duties ever near you, now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are! —Ina Duley Ogdon

August 31

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 15:1-37; Zephaniah 3:1-20; Galatians 3:1-14

And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” 2 Samuel 9:8

When Mephibosheth was five years old, an unfortunate accident caused him to become lame on both feet. Today we would extend every effort to give such a one a quality of life as normal as possible. But as he stood before the king Mephibosheth’s estimation of himself was “a dead dog.” Are we any different as we stand before the King of kings? We come dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2) and the Lord gives us life. But more! David invited Mephibosheth to sit at his table and enjoy the bounty of the king. Our Lord makes the same offer. May we accept His invitation today. —Charlie Tempest

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus I come. Into Thy freedom,
gladness and light, Jesus I come to Thee. —William T. Sleeper

Lord’s Day, August 30, 2020

2 Samuel 14:1-33; Zephaniah 2:1-15; Galatians 2:1-21

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. Luke 6:27-29, NKJV

The Lord taught us how to live and He showed us how to love. He healed many who would ultimately reject Him. Unlike His disciples, He harboured no resentment to those who refused Him (Luke 9:56). After the brutal nails, He prayed: “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34). He did not hide His face from shame and spitting (Isa 50:6). May we live as He lived. —Peter Ramsay

Behold the Man upon the cross, my sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice, call out among the scoffers. —Stuart Townend

August 30

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 14:1-33; Zephaniah 2:1-15; Galatians 2:1-21

Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30-31 

Here is a man who had come to a point where life was not worth living. Yet, he finds himself in the presence of two men who, even though beaten and in prison, still have joy and fulfillment. He asks them the most important question anyone can ask: “What must I do to be saved?” How wonderful it is to know that there is an answer to this question. Jesus Christ can forgive us our sins, give us a new life and a home in heaven for all eternity. Have you trusted Christ as your Lord and Saviour? —Crawford Paul

His precious blood was shed for me, and in that precious blood I see
The righteous ground, the perfect plea, for my complete acceptance.
—Author Unknown

Saturday, August 29, 2020

2 Samuel 13:1-39; Zephaniah 1:1-18; Galatians 1:1-24

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matt. 11:29

When training a new ox to plow, farmers in ancient days would often yoke it to an older, stronger, more seasoned animal who would bear the burden and guide the young ox through his learning. The more the young ox fought the yoke the more tired it would become. Only when he learned to surrender to the yoke and leaned into the senior ox would he find rest. Dear believer, it’s His yoke. Lean on Him. Find rest for your soul! —Sid Halsband

O patient, spotless One! Our hearts in meekness train,
To bear Thy yoke and learn of Thee, that we may rest obtain. —Christian Andreas Bernstein

August 29

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 13:1-39; Zephaniah 1:1-18; Galatians 1:1-24

“Do you want to be healed?” John 5:6

We try to imagine the scene. A man who has been ill for thirtyeight years lies helpless beside the pool called Bethesda. He was without help, strength, or hope. Is not that a picture of the sinner today? We are all part of Adam’s fallen race (Romans 5:12) and are unable to get to heaven by our own efforts. Thank God for the Man who stood before him that day, the Lord Jesus Christ. A miracle took place and the man who had been unable to walk did exactly that (John 5:9). He would never forget the day he met the Saviour! May you find the Saviour precious today. —John M. Clegg

O Thou art precious to my heart, my portion and my joy;
Forever let Thy boundless grace my sweetest thoughts employ.
—Author Unknown

Friday, August 28, 2020

2 Samuel 12:1-31; Habakkuk 3:1-19; Romans 16:1-27

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23
Teaching them to observe all things…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20

Centuries had passed since Isaiah’s prophecy concerning Emmanuel (Isa. 7:14). But the glorious incarnation fulfilled the promise that Emmanuel came to be “with us.” But before Emmanuel ascended, God once again left us His promise, “Lo, I am with you alway.” What assurance on our journey home! —Jim Comte

I will never, never leave thee, I will never thee forsake;
I will guide, and save, and keep thee, for My Name and mercy’s sake;
Fear no evil, fear no evil, only all My counsel take.—Author Unknown

August 28

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 12:1-31; Habakkuk 3:1-19; Romans 16:1-27

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

This text takes in the basics of the gospel and salvation. Sins are mentioned here, our sins. Our former attitude is here—not that we loved God. No, we were not lovers of God at all, yet despite all of that He loved us! “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The Lord has “laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Truly here is love. Have you partaken of it? —Reg. L. Jordan

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore;
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more;
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I! —James Rowe

Thursday, August 27, 2020

2 Samuel 10:1-11:27; Habakkuk 2:1-20; Romans 15:14-33

As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Ezekiel 33:11
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15

You would think that the death of a wicked one, one who had rebelled against Him, would satisfy a holy God. But no. He takes no pleasure in it. On the other hand, what a delight to know how He reacts to the death of one of His own. If we see it from His perspective, we will rejoice with Him and with them! The sacrifice of His Son has taken away the sting and victory of death. “Absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). —Ken Gross

Face to face with Christ my Saviour, face to face what will it be?
When with rapture I behold Him, Jesus Christ who died for me.—Breck

August 27

DAILY READINGS: 2 Sam. 10:1-11:27; Habakkuk 2:1-20; Rom. 15:14-33

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12

A friend and I visited a neighbour’s home. We talked of heaven and as we were leaving my neighbour turned to my friend and referring to heaven, skeptically asked “Will I be there?” My friend simply stated, “The Bible says, ‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.’ Do you have the Son?” —J. Fleming

I am on my way to Heaven where I’ll see my Saviour’s face,
There I’ll sing redemption’s story, blessèd song of saving grace!
—H. J. Lacey