Saturday, July 25, 2020

Judges 21:1-25; Isaiah 40:1-31; 1 Corinthians 16:1-24

But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. Psalm 4:3

The older I get the more I appreciate the value of prayer. There is absolutely nothing I cannot speak to my Heavenly Father about. Mundane matters as well as spiritual are of interest to Him. Also if you pray for certain people—tell them. It warms my heart to know that others care enough to pray for me. —Brian Russell

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry, Everything to God in prayer. —Joseph Scriven

Friday, July 24, 2020

Judges 20:1-48; Isaiah 38:1-39:8; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. Joel 2:26, NKJV

Spurgeon writes: “Lost years can never be restored literally. Time once past is gone forever. The locusts did not eat the years —the locusts ate the fruits of the years’ labour—the harvests of the fields. The restoration of the years must be the restoration of those fruits of which the locusts consumed. You cannot have back your time. But there is a strange and wonderful way in which God can give back to you the wasted blessings, the unripened fruits of years over which you mourned.” —W. A. H.

Years I spent in vanity and pride, caring not my Lord was crucified, Knowing not it was for me He died, on Calvary. —William R. Newell

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Judges 19:1-30; Isaiah 37:8-38; 1 Corinthians 15:1-34

He saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary…he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea…he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased. Mark 6:48, 50-51

Four times here the Lord is linked with “them”, His disciples. He understood their difficulties. He came into the midst of their trial, nothing hindering Him! He spoke words of encouragement. Finally, as He entered their boat, calm was restored. Dear friend, wait upon Him in prayer—He can do the impossible, draw near with words of comfort and restore peace to your troubled soul. —Pete Smith

Fear not, I am with thee, O, be not dismayed!
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid. –Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Judges 17:1-18:31; Isaiah 36:1-37:7; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40

No other foundation. 1 Corinthians 3:11, NKJV

When it comes to a Saviour, there is “no other name” (Acts 4:12, NKJV). When it comes to Salvation, there is no other way (John 14:6). Likewise, when it comes to the Church there is no other foundation. Many churches are founded on “sandy” foundations, and things can only get worse from there. The person and work of Christ, past, present and future, is the only solid basis for the Church’s foundation. —N. C. Funston

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord and precious,
Binding all the Church in one. —Latin Hymn, 7th century; translated by John M. Neale

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Judges 16:1-31; Isaiah 35:1-10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. Isaiah 53:6
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

As unbelievers, God likened us to wandering sheep going our own sinful ways. We were headed to a horrible end. If we have taken God’s gift of a Saviour, God still likens us to sheep, but we are following the Good Shepherd who claims us as His own. He can do that because He gave His life for the sheep (v. 11). He not only saves but He keeps us in His hand (v. 28). What a change He has accomplished. —Ken Gross

Gently He leads me in the Heavenly way;
He will restrain me from going astray. —B. Warren

Monday, July 20, 2020

Judges 14:1-15:20; Isaiah 34:1-17; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:26

R. B. Jones, a Welsh preacher, once wrote, “The word of God is not only pure, it is also purifying.” The Bible, as God’s revelation, is absolutely pure and its holy message is essential for every man, woman and child. When that message is applied by faith to the human condition it has a washing, cleansing effect that deals with the dirt of sin and replaces it, by God’s grace, with righteousness. Do we know the daily purifying power of the Word of God? —Paul Young

Show me the truth concealed, within Thy Word,
And in Thy book revealed, I see Thee, Lord. —Mary A. Lathbury

Wednesday, July 19, 2020

Judges 13:1-25; Isaiah 33:1-24; 1 Corinthians 11:2-34

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14

As we look at the growing chaos and darkness in our world, we might be tempted to think that things are out of control. Habakkuk gives us words of assurance that God is still in control. We also recollect the words of God through the psalmist, “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion” (Ps. 2:6). We need never fear that man will have his way, because God has determined that His well-beloved Son whom they crowned with thorns, will one day wear the crown of glory, and wield the scepter of universal sway, as King of kings and Lord of lords. —W. H. Burnett

Sinners in derision crowned Him,
Mocking thus the Saviour’s claim.
Saints and angels crowd around Him,
Own His title, praise His name. —Thomas Kelly

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Judges 11:29-12:15; Isaiah 32:1-20; 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

The spies reported back to the Roman government: “These Christians are very strange people. They meet together in an empty room to worship. They do not have an image. They speak of One by the name of Jesus, who is absent, but whom they seem to be expecting at any time. And my, how they love Him and how they love one another.” Though finding the believers’ worship peculiar these outsiders were struck by their great love. Do our meetings display Christ to the visitors among us? —George Ferrier

Give as ’twas given to you in your need, love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed, unto your mission be true. —Ira B. Wilson

Friday, July 17, 2020

Judges 10:6-11:28; Isaiah 31:1-9; 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:13

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8, NKJV

What a comfort. On days when our schedules are packed and we cannot keep up, He has not changed. On other days, when the time lingers and the clock doesn’t seem to move, He has not changed. He is “my rock and my fortress and my deliverer” (2 Sam. 22:2, NKJV). Bring Him into your day today. —Danielle Robins

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free. —Helen Howarth Lemmel

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Judges 9:1-10:5; Isaiah 30:1-33; 1 Corinthians 9:1-23

And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this. Luke 7:4

The Jews thought the centurion was worthy of the Lord Jesus’ time and effort. According to them, “He loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue” (Luke 7:5, NKJV). Yet the centurion himself said, “I am not worthy” (Matt. 8:8). They were thinking of all the good he had done; he was thinking of all the bad. Had he committed things in his youth that he now regretted? Had he taken advantage of his position of power? We don’t know. But what we do know is this: this man modelled the way we should approach the Lord Jesus when we need something from Him. — Shane Johnson

I know not why God’s wondrous grace, to me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love, redeemed me for His own.—D. Whittle