February 8

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 46-47:27; Psalm 25:1-22; Matt. 26:31-56

A time to be born, and a time to die. Ecclesiastes 3:2, KJV

There was a time when your life began and you grew in your mother’s womb. You were born and eventually grew into adulthood. Life was busy and happy. But death is coming; it is as sure as birth. There will come a time when you must leave this life. Are you ready? How have you prepared? Are you sure you are saved and ready to face God? If not, repent of your sins and turn to Christ in simple faith and receive Him. He died to pay the penalty for your sin. If you are saved, live a wise and holy life, ready to meet your Lord. Your life will be judged. Do not waste it. —Donald L. Norbie

My faith has found a resting place, not in device nor creed,
I trust the ever living One, His wounds for me shall plead.
—Lidie H. Edmunds

February 7

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 45; Psalms 23:1-24:10; Matt. 26:1-30

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 

The spiritually lukewarm church had put the Lord outside. How very much like the religious system in our world today. Yet, the Lord stands and knocks on the door of the individual’s heart. He calls with His voice, speaking gracious words to gain entrance. When the heart’s door is opened, He comes in as a guest saying, “I…will eat with him.” Soon, this guest becomes the host, “and he with me.” Are you feasting with Him? —Rex Trogdon

What food luxurious loads the board, When, at His table, sits the
Lord! The wine how rich, the bread how sweet, When Jesus deigns
the guests to meet. —C. H. Spurgeon

February 6

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 44; Psalm 22:1-31; Matt. 25:31-46

Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. John 8:7

One day, prior to an open-air meeting in which John Wesley was scheduled to preach, a troublemaker secretly determined to pelt him with stones. When the text at the head of this page was announced, the astonished would-be-disrupter dared not throw a rock. God’s Word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12-13) and reveals men’s hearts. The only safe course is to believe the Lord Jesus who says “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22). —K. R. Keyser

As strangers then to God we lived, filled with enmity and fear;
Our souls from death He has reprieved, love revealed and brought
us near. —G. W. Fraser

February 5

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 43; Psalms 20:1-21:13; Matt. 25:1-30

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life. John 5:24, KJV

The “everlasting life” spoken of in our text refers to life that is rich, real, radiant, and running over. Note, this life is a present and eternal possession as conveyed by the word “hath.” When Charles H. Spurgeon preached on John 5:24, he shut his fist up tight as he pronounced the word “hath” and said, “H-A-T-H spells got it, and I’ve got it!” Have you by faith laid hold of everlasting life? —W. Ross Rainey

Though all unworthy, yet I will not doubt,
For him that cometh, He will not cast out;
“He that believeth,” O, the good news shout,
“Hath everlasting life!” —James McGranahan

February 4

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 41:50-42:38; Psalm 19:1-14; Matt. 24:29-51

The Lord is my shepherd… Psalm 23:1, KJV

Who can be your shepherd? Take care of you through life? Who can give you rest and peace? Who can restore your soul? Who can lead you on the right path, or carry you if need be? And who can take you through the valley of the shadow of death? Only the Lord Jesus Christ. Friend, don’t go through life without Him, and don’t leave this world without Him, if you know what’s good for you. Repent and trust Him today. Then He will lead you and goodness and mercy will follow you, now and forever. —Carl Knott

My soul He doth restore again, And me to walk doth make,
Within the paths of righteousness, E’en for His own name’s sake.
—The Lord is My Shepherd, based on Psalm 23

February 3

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 41:1-49; Psalm 18:30-50; Matt. 24:1-28

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep…And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. John 10:11, 28, NKJV

The Lord Jesus is both the Good Shepherd and the Giving Shepherd. In His goodness and His giving, He surpasses all others. Two aspects of His giving stir our hearts. First, He gave His life for us. We think of Calvary and its sin-atoning sacrifice. Secondly, He imparts to each repenting, trusting soul the gift of “eternal life” (see Romans 6:23). Accept it today, and be assured that you shall “never perish“. —George Hall

The King of love my Shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His, and He is mine for ever. —Henry W. Baker

February 2

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 40; Psalm 18:1-29; Matt. 23

You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

In the genealogy of the Lord Jesus, there are three outstanding leaders. Abraham led the way out of idolatry. David brought his people into supremacy over the nations. Zorobabel led his people out of Babylonian captivity. But neither Abraham nor David nor Zorobabel could save his people from their sins. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, KJV). The Lord Jesus can save you today. —Neil Dougal

Jesus is calling the weary to rest— Calling today, calling today;
Bring Him thy burden and thou shalt be blest, He will not turn
thee away. —Fanny J. Crosby

February 1

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 39; Psalm 17:1-15; Matt. 22:15-46

The Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20, NKJV

For days a battle raged on the slopes of Triangle Hill, Korea. When brave American troops retook their position of the previous day, they found the cold, still body of their major. With tear-moistened eyes, a young infantryman was heard to say, “He didn’t belong on this hill; he didn’t have to be here; but he was here just the same.” The Lord Jesus didn’t belong on Calvary’s hill, and He didn’t have to be there. He was there in love for you and me. As a repentant sinner, believe this soulsaving truth and be assured of heaven. —Arnot P. McIntee

I do believe, I will believe that Jesus died for me!
That on the cross He shed His blood from sin to set me free.
—William Cowper

January 31

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 38; Psalms 15:1-16:11; Matt. 21:33-22:14

Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22, NKJV

Years ago, on a snowy winter Sunday morning in England, a young boy took his mother’s advice and went to a Primitive Methodist Chapel. Because of the weather, the minister hadn’t shown up. A “layman” from the little congregation took his place and expounded repeatedly on the above verse. Addressing the visitor he said: “Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! You have nothing to do but to look and live.” Charles Spurgeon looked and was saved. —E. MacLelland

Life is offered unto you, Hallelujah! Eternal life your soul shall have,
If you only look to Him, Hallelujah! Look to Jesus who alone can save.
—William A. Ogden

January 30

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 37; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matt. 21:1-32

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever…To him who made the great lights…the moon and stars to rule over the night. Psalm 136:1, 7, 9 

In a comic strip, a boy stares into the starry night sky and proclaims, “I’m significant! Screamed the dust speck.” The irony brings a smile, but for the child of God it stirs our hearts. Certainly when contrasted with the vastness of the universe, we seem insignificant; yet God knows us, and loves us! In fact, the Creator of the universe knows our thoughts before we think them, our words before we speak them, and our actions before we do them. Even greater, He calls us friends and has laid down His life for us. —Jaby Jacob

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
—Joseph Scriven