Friday, August 14, 2020

1 Samuel 21:1-22:23; Isaiah 61:1-11; Romans 6:1-14

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. Psalm 26:7-8

Here is the peace and confidence of a person who is trusting in the Lord and who knows His forgiveness. We also see the importance of meeting with God’s people. The world has nothing to offer the child of God either socially or spiritually. As we meditate on God’s Word, our hearts are lifted up in praise and thanksgiving. We have so much to thank Him for! —G. Frear

Help me O Lord, in Thee to hide, I’ll trust in You and will not slide,
Try me Lord, and test my heart, keep me from sin to stay apart. —G. F

Thursday, August 13, 2020

1 Samuel 19:8-20:42; Isaiah 60:1-22; Romans 5:12-21

Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. Luke 20:13

In this parable the Lord Jesus exposed the false hearts of those to whom He was sent. Their desire for position and power wouldn’t allow for a rival such as Himself and in their response to His final question, they categorically condemned themselves. Once they realized He had spoken about them, they sought to overthrow Him rather than repent of their sin. Human pride; how like our hearts to defend that which can cost us so much. —Rick Morse

Down to the depths of woe, Christ came to set me free;
He bared His breast, received the blow, which justice aimed at me. —G. W. Frazer

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

1 Samuel 18:6-19:7; Isaiah 59:1-21; Romans 4:23-5:11

Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” John 19:5, NKJV

No man has crossed the pages of history like Jesus! John the Baptist said, after me there comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me. A needy woman said, come see a man who told me all things that ever I did, is not this the Christ? The Jews said, for a good work we do not stone you, but for blasphemy, because you being a man, make yourself God. The Pharisees said, this man receives sinners and eats with them. Pilate said, I find no fault in this man. The crowd said, away with this man, crucify Him, crucify Him. What will you say about this man, Jesus who is called the Christ? —Jim Paul

What will you do with Jesus? Neutral you cannot be;
One day your soul will be asking, “What will He do with me?” —Albert B. Simpson

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

1 Samuel 17:32-18:5; Isaiah 58:1-14; Romans 4:1-22

For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9
I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it. Revelation 3:8

When I first stepped out in faith and left my job to go out as a missionary one of my close friends said to me, “David, you are throwing your life away!” When God opens a door I will invariably face opposition from someone—possibly family; friends or even fellow Christians. However if I am sure it is God who has opened that door, I must by faith look beyond any such discouragements and follow His leading for my life. —David Croudace

I dare not choose my lot; I would not if I might;
Choose Thou for me, O Lord my God; so shall I walk aright.—H.Bonar

Monday, August 10, 2020

1 Samuel 17:1-31; Isaiah 56:9-57:21; Romans 3:1-31

You are God’s field. 1 Corinthians 3:9, NKJV

A field is an inhabited place. A field is a place where life happens. If we consider a literal field, anyone with that responsibility is aware of the efforts and energy that must be expended. There are the challenges of weather, weeds and work. It is a figurative reminder that we all must cope with the winds of change and discontent. There are also weeds in life, always dangerous, sucking the life out of the field. However you look at it, a field is a lot of work. But the joy of the overseer is when there is growth, bounty, and harvest time! Does He see growth in us? —N. C. Funston

Does the place you’re called to labour, seem so small and little known?
It is great if God is in it and He’ll not forget His own. —Kittie L. Suffield

Lord’s Day, August 9, 2020

1 Samuel 16:1-23; Isaiah 55:1-56:8; Romans 2:1-29

He shall not fail. Isaiah 42:4

The Father sent the Son to take away the sin of the world. No one else in Heaven or earth could do it. Anticipating the struggle, the Son experienced deep anguish, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death” (Matt. 26:38), and “being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood” (Luke 22:44). He experienced weakness,“My heart is like wax; it is melted… my strength is dried up like a potsherd” (Ps. 22:14-15). Finally He died. Prevailing through anguish, weakness and death, He triumphed. He did not fail! —P. W.

His precious blood alone availed to wash our sins away;
Through weakness He o’er hell prevailed,
Through death He won the day. —Hannah K. Burlingham

Saturday, August 8, 2020

1 Samuel 15:1-35; Isaiah 54:1-17; Romans 1:18-32

And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed. Esther 3:15

What a contrast! Two powerful men who had ordered the merciless killing of all Jews indulged their desire for alcohol. They were without conscience, while the people experienced confusion and fear at such impending genocide. Yet God was watching and would not allow injury upon His people. Instead His judgement came upon those evil men. Both died prematurely, Haman within months and the king some years later. God can certainly be trusted. —Paul Young

God is still on the throne, and He will remember His own;
Though trials may press us, and burdens distress us;
He never will leave us alone. —Kittie L. Suffield

Friday, August 7, 2020

1 Samuel 14:1-52; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Romans 1:1-17

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

After WWII, my grandparents lived in dire want—many times without enough food to eat. One morning, they knelt in prayer thanking God for the day and asking Him to provide for their needs. They went to their church and when they returned—their cupboards had been filled with food. No one knew their need but God—and that was enough! He still is today! Come to Him with faith and thanksgiving—He will make a way! —Deborah Manera

I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done. —Hudson Taylor

Thursday, August 6, 2020

1 Samuel 13:1-23; Isaiah 52:1-12; 2 Corinthians 12:14 -13:14

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

The word “so” means “in this manner” or “in this way.” How did God love the world? This way: He gave His only begotten Son. We see the value of this gift in the numerous times Scripture says that the Father loves the Son. Yet He gave this One who was near and dear to Him to us. This is how God’s love manifests itself—by giving His all. In response do we give our all to Him?—George Ferrier

How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure. —Stuart Townend

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

1 Samuel 11:1-12:25; Isaiah 51:9-23; 2 Corinthians 12:1-13

Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife. Genesis 22:6, NKJV

Isaac carried the wood. Jesus carried the cross. Abraham carried the fire and the knife, which would have been used in the sacrifice of his son, had God not provided a substitute. So too, God the Father brought the judgment of sin upon His Son and because of this we can be forgiven. Have you trusted Him for forgiveness? —Janet Fleming

Come with me to Calvary, to see my Saviour dying,
Come and gaze in wonder, upon His blessed face;
See the soldiers mock Him, while women watch with sadness,
Tell me, don’t you marvel, when viewing there God’s grace. —J. F.