Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Genesis 20:1-21:34; Job 23:1-24:25; Matthew 11:2-30

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds. Colossians 4:3

Paul wrote these words while incarcerated in a Roman prison. Nevertheless, when he requested prayer it was not to be delivered from prison, but that a door would be open for him to speak about Christ. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that if our circumstances were more favourable we would be better able to be used of the Lord. Remember, the Lord uses those who are available to Him, despite their situation. —Sid Halsband

The heirs of salvation, I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation, must follow their Lord. —John Newton

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Genesis 19:1-38; Job 22:1-30; Matthew 10:24-11:1

Who ever perished, being innocent? Job 4:7
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10

How could Job possibly be innocent since he was su?ering so acutely? As then, so now—God’s purposes are being accomplished. If you are passing through a harsh trial remember the Lord has not forgotten you. He loves you and is refining you as gold in the fire in order to bring glory to His name (1 Peter 1:7). —David Croudace

And this is my prayer in the fire;
In weakness or trial or pain,
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold;
So refine me dear Lord, through the flame. —Brooke Fraser

Monday, January 13, 2020

Genesis 18:1-33; Job 21:1-34; Matthew 10:1-23

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141: 3, NKJV
I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10, NKJV

Our first verse encourages us to keep our mouths controlled. We need to carefully watch what we say so we give encouragement and not o?ense, hope and not despair, light and not darkness. The second verse encourages us to open our mouths because He wants to fill them. When He fills us with His words, His blessing will naturally overflow out of us. May He give us words of edification to speak to others today. —Annette Baal

Take my lips, and let them be;
Filled with messages from Thee. —Frances Ridley Havergal

Lord’s Day, January 12, 2020

Genesis 17:1-27; Job 20:1-29; Matthew 9:18-38

And, behold, a woman…which was a sinner…stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Luke 7:37-38

Notice that this “sinner” worshipped the Lord without a spoken word. She presented her tears and her precious ointment to Him as “an offering and a sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:2). Her ministrations to Him were a delight to His heart. How good it is to come together to worship Him, with or without a spoken word, in spirit and in truth! “So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him” (Ps. 45:11). —E. C. B.

Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore,
Mortals, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore. —C. Wesley

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Genesis 15:1-16:16; Job 18:1-19:29; Matthew 8:28-9:17

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1

Luke records the story of a woman who had been badly crippled for 18 years. He says she was bent over and could not straighten up at all. The Lord Jesus adds that she had been kept bound by Satan for all those years. But despite this severe handicap and the associated disfigurement, this woman was at the synagogue. Her infirmity did not keep her from worshiping with God’s people. Her need drew her to God. How glad she must have been that no pain or discomfort or shame had kept her away on that Sabbath, for the Saviour met her there and set her free. —M. MacMullen

O Lord, it is Thyself to meet;
To this sweet feast we come. —Boethia Thompson

Friday, January 10, 2020

Genesis 13:1-14:24; Job 16:1-17:16; Matthew 8:1-27

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go… Acts 9:6
And the Lord said unto [Ananias], Arise, and go…. Acts 9:11

God uses men and women to do His work. He could have told Saul what He desired, but He chose Ananias. In God’s wisdom and love He purposes to let us be a vital part of His work for His glory and our good. “Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus…hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 9:17). —D. Pickup

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. —John Newton

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Genesis 11:27-12:20; Job 15:1-35; Matthew 7:7-29

The Lord was with Joseph. Genesis 39:2

Throughout Joseph’s trials and tribulations in the pit, the prison and the palace Joseph knew the Lord was with him. We face challenges, whether it is in the work place, at school, at home or in our service for the Lord. These trials may be physical, financial or family related. Rest assured, the Lord is with us. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5). —Bob Cretney

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. —Civilla D. Martin

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Genesis 10:1-11:26; Job 13:1-14:22; Matthew 6:19-7:6

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Job endured severe trials. His wife urged him to curse God and die. His friends misunderstood Him. Slowly he sank into despair! But amidst it all, he was confident that God “knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). What did God’s “good work” achieve? Job testifies; “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6). —Ray Jones

Open mine eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hand the wonderful key, that shall unclasp, and set me free. —Clara H. Scott

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Genesis 8:20-9:29; Job 11:1-12:25; Matthew 6:1-18

Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Psalm 35:17

Joseph and Jeremiah found themselves in dungeons of false accusations; Jonah in the belly of foolish decisions; David in the cave of rejection; Elijah in the cave of failure; Isaiah commissioned to the stronghold of hardening hearts, Habakkuk called to dwell among unrighteousness. Every situation was allowed by God, but for how long? Just long enough to accomplish His sovereign will and reveal His glory. Beloved, wait upon the Lord with confidence as He renews your strength, for eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). —D. J. Reed

I waited for the Lord on high,
I waited and He heard my cry. —B. Batstone

Monday, January 6, 2019

Genesis 7:11-8:19; Job 9:1-10:22; Matthew 5:21-48

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

Over the years I have witnessed some of God’s people fail miserably in the matter of forgiveness. There would be no anger and animosity if we realized fully that for Christ’s sake, God has forgiven us. We certainly did not deserve it. To be forgiven by God is an amazing miracle of grace. Many a local Church would still be flourishing today if this simple Christ-like attitude had been shown to others. —Brian Russell

Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free? —Samuel Davies