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

January 22

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 28; Job 36:1-37:24; Matt. 15:1-28

“…And now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer…” Jeremiah 7:13, NKJV

The Hebrew verb translated “rising up early” figuratively showed God’s eager desire for Israel’s repentance. He beseeched them earnestly and urgently, early and often. Friend, today God is tenderly pleading with you to repent and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He earnestly implores you because He loves you. He urgently appeals to you because the alternative is a lost eternity. He pleads with you early and often because time is short. Will you trust Him today? —George Ferrier

Come and He will give you rest; trust Him, for His word is plain;
He will take the sinfulest; Christ receiveth sinful men. —E. Neumeister

January 21

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 27; Job 34:1-35:16; Matt. 14:13-36

He [Zacchaeus] was seeking to see who Jesus was. Luke 19:3
Jesus…said…”I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5
Jesus said…”Today salvation has come to this house.” Luke 19:9

Zacchaeus knew Jesus was passing through Jericho and he may have thought that something special would happen that day. When Jesus looked up, called his name and said, “I must stay at your house today”, he knew something very special was happening. But when Jesus declared, “today salvation has come”, Zacchaeus knew this was a day like no other. Have you met Jesus face to face? Meeting Him will change everything. —Ken Gross

Oh what a wonderful, wonderful day—day I will never forget.
After I’d wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Saviour I met.
—J. W. Peterson

January 20

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 26; Job 32:1-33:33; Matt. 13:44-14:12

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up. John 3:14
When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he… John 8:28
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. John 12:32

These three statements of the Lord all referred to His crucifixion. Through our Saviour’s death, He has brought us life, just as when Moses lifted up the serpent on a pole. Secondly, His death proved that He was the Son of Man. Lastly, with arms open wide He draws all people to Himself. Have you come to Him for life? —Rex Trogdon

Lifted up was He to die, it is finished was His cry; Now in heaven
exalted high: Hallelujah! What a Saviour! —Philip P. Bliss

January 19

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 25; Job 31:1-40; Matt. 13:24-43

If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. John 7:37

Souls of men have been thirsty ever since Adam turned his back on God. Thirsty for rest; thirsty for peace; thirsty for eternal life; thirsty for God. The greatest and the least; the wisest and the most simple; they all know this thirst. Here was a Man who dared to cry, “let him come unto Me and drink.” What wonderful words they are! Think of Him being able to quench the thirst of any man anywhere! How utterly stupendous. —Leonard Sheldrake

Come, ye thirsty, to the living waters,
Hungry, come and on His bounty feed;
Not thy fitness is the plea to bring Him,
But thy pressing, utmost need. —Eliza E. Hewitt

January 18

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 24; Job 29:1-30:31; Matt. 13:1-23

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7

The same gospel that saves those who believe, also condemns the unrepentant. Noah built the ark as a refuge for whoever would heed the warning; sadly only eight people did. His ark consigned the unbelieving world to judgment. Christ died to save you. Have you received Him? —K. R. Keyser

“Call them in”—the mere professors, Slumbering, sleeping on hell’s brink; Naught of life are they possessors, Yet of safety vainly think. Bring them in—the careless scoffers, Pleasure-seekers of the earth; Tell of God’s most gracious offers, And of Jesus’ priceless worth. —Anna Shipton

January 17

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 23; Job 27:1-28:28; Matt. 12:22-50

If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Corinthians 16:22, KJV

How interesting to see these two Aramaic terms put side by side by Paul. Anathema is a curse on those who love not the Lord. When He returns it will be judgment and loss for them. Maranatha means, “O Lord, come.” It is a blessing on those who love Him. For them, a crown of righteousness awaits which the Lord shall give unto all those who love His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). “Anathema” or “Maranatha” is the cry of your own personal choice. Which will it be? —K. C. Ung

Lord Jesus, come! And take Thy people home:
That all Thy flock, so scattered here,
With Thee in glory may appear.
Lord Jesus, come! Lord Jesus, come! —George Jekell

January 16

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 22; Job 25:1-26:14; Matt. 12:1-21

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor. 2 Corinthians 8:9

In 1936, the heir to the British throne gave up his kingdom to marry the woman he loved. In an interview, the director of a film portraying that story commented that she had “been loved a lot, but no one has ever given up their kingdom for me.” But that’s exactly what the Lord Jesus did! He left the beauties of heaven and came to this sin-cursed earth, to die a shameful death on the cross—all that He might woo us to Himself. How can you spurn love like that? —Lynn Shatford

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me!
But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary. —E. Elliott

January 15

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 20-21; Job 23:1-24:25; Matt. 11:2-30

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:17

The basic need of people is to be right with God, to be forgiven of their sins. This happens when we repent of our sins and open our hearts to the Lord Jesus. God comes into our life and we are born again. Paul is then concerned that Christ by the Holy Spirit may dwell—have permanent residence—in our hearts by faith. This means that there is a commitment to Christ. It also indicates that there is daily fellowship with the Lord. If Christ is dwelling in our heart we will also desire to please Him and not to grieve Him by sin. This will bring you joy and peace. —Donald L. Norbie

Abide with me from morn til eve, for without Thee I cannot live.
Abide with me when night is nigh, for without Thee I dare not die.
—John Keble

January 14

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 19; Job 22:1-30; Matt. 10:24-11:1

Jesus wept. John 11:35, KJV
Rejoice evermore. 1 Thessalonians 5:16, KJV

Two of the shortest verses in the Bible, yet with profound lessons. Jesus wept, not only at the loss of his friend Lazarus in death, but because He saw the effects of sin, “For the wages of sin is [eternal] death” (Romans 6:23, KJV). But, if we accept God’s salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord, we can be assured that He will remove our transgressions “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12, KJV). He will remember our sins no more. Is that not worth rejoicing about? —Bob Cretney

Rejoice in the Lord! Oh, let His mercy cheer;
He sunders the bands that enthrall;
Redeemed by His blood, why should we ever fear,
Since Jesus is our all in all? —G. M. J.