Ezra 10:1-44; Daniel 11:1-20; Revelation 6:1-17
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2
One of the challenges of leadership in assembly life is to know when it is time to pass on the baton! Christian testimony is illustrated by the long-distance relay race. Crucial to the success and victory of the team is the careful passing of the baton from one runner to the next. Sometimes elders are afraid or reluctant to relinquish the baton of responsibility to the next generation. One of the greatest sources of encouragement comes from remembering it’s the Lord’s work not mine! —Sid Halsband
Channels only, blessed Master, but with all Thy wondrous power,
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us every day and every hour. —M. E. Maxwell
Ezra 9:1-15; Daniel 10:1-21; Revelation 5:1-14
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. Ephesians 4:4
True believers may differ in personal viewpoints and also in minor doctrinal issues. But these all pale in comparison to the oneness we have in Christ. We all have a Son to worship, a Lord to serve, a Saviour to anticipate. Practically we demonstrate this by showing humility, forbearing love, and patience, striving for unity in the local church. Depending upon the indwelling Spirit enables success. Christ is our peace. In Him we have much to agree upon. —George Ferrier
Christian hearts, in love united, seek alone in Jesus rest;
Has He not your love excited?
Then let love inspire each breast.
Members on our Head depending, His commands attending. —Nicolas Graf von Zinzendorf
Ezra 8:1-36; Daniel 9:1-27; Revelation 4:1-11
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Acts 12:6
David and Peter, found themselves suffering trials that might well have robbed them of sleep, yet they were able to “put their heads on the pillow,” and sink into slumber. David tells us why. He says, “thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety”. There are times when trials in our lives would drive sleep far from our eyes, however, if like David and Peter, we rest in the confidence, that even in adversity, God’s perfect plan is unfolding for our lives, we will rest securely under His watchful eye. —W. H. Burnett
Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom, nought but calm is found. —G. T. Caldbeck
Ezra 7:1-28; Daniel 8:1-27; Revelation 3:7-22
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. John 11:24
For thousands in the world, today could be their last day on earth! Accidents, sicknesses, natural calamities, natural deaths (old and young), all contribute to this. The rich fool thought he had many more days to enjoy what he had accomplished. He was wrong (Luke 12:16-21)! On the other hand, Paul wrote: “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:68). What would you say? —K. C. Ung
Will you be ready to enter in?
Ready when the Bridegroom comes?
In the morning light, or at noon, or night,
Be ready when the Bridegroom comes. —James M. Black
Ezra 6:1-22; Daniel 7:1-28; Revelation 2:18-3:6
“Who are You, Lord?” Acts 9:5, NKJV
“Lord, what do You want me to do?” Acts 9:6, NKJV
Young person, are you struggling to establish a regular quiet time with the Lord? Perhaps one problem is that you’re not sure what to look for when you read the Bible. Try the “Who-Do” technique. Simply approach every passage you read with the same two questions Saul of Tarsus asked when he first met the Lord. “Who are You, Lord?” “What do You want me to do?” Ask the Spirit to reveal something of the Lord’s character to you, then ask Him how that truth should impact your life. Take those two ideas with you into the day and live them out. The joy that results will motivate you to do it again tomorrow morning! —Brian Cretney
O Book of wondrous depths and heights, of wisdom ever new,
Which in ten thousand various lights brings Jesus into view.—W. Blane
Ezra 5:1-17; Daniel 6:1-28; Revelation 2:1-17
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord. Hosea 2:20, NKJV
Hosea was honourable, but his wife Gomer was not. In time, she abandoned Hosea to pursue her lovers. Gomer soon found herself in a desperate situation. She was deserted and sold into slavery. The redeeming love of God was illustrated when He commanded Hosea to buy back his own adulterous wife at a slave auction. After experiencing such love, Gomer would never depart from Hosea again. This story vividly conveys how Christ must feel when we, who have experienced His love, misdirect our devotion to other people or things. We are betrothed to Christ, and He deserves our full love and faithfulness now! —W. A. H.
O the rich depths of love divine,
Of bliss, a boundless store!
Dear Saviour, let me call Thee mine;
I cannot wish for more. —A. Steele
Ezra 3:1-4:24; Daniel 5:1-31; Revelation 1:1-20
My meditation of him shall be sweet. Psalm 104:34
Our initial thought on this phrase might be to applaud the psalmist’s determination to create a sweet meditation. But the meaning is deeper than that. The psalmist anticipates that the object of his meditation would yield only sweetness. No matter our meditation of the altogether lovely one, a fragrance like no other fills the heart and ascends to the very presence of God. We determine to meditate, He alone delivers the fragrance! —D. J. Reed
To all our prayers and praises,
Christ adds His sweet perfume,
And love the censor raises,
These odours to consume. —Mary B. Peters
Ezra 1:1-2:70; Daniel 4:1-37; 3 John 1:1-14
He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5, NKJV
I like to ask the Lord to wake me each day with a verse from His Word. This morning the verse was the one above. What a promise! As I meditated on it, I found myself putting the emphasis on the He, the I, and the never. If He says it—that should be enough for me. I—Christ is the one to whom all power has been given. He is everlasting and cannot change or fail. Never—if He says never, it cannot be changed. —C. T. Watson
Till then, ’tis the path Thou hast trod,
My delight and my comfort shall be,
I’m content with Thy staff and Thy rod,
Till with Thee all Thy glory I see. —J. N. Darby
2 Chronicles 36:1-23; Daniel 3:1-30; 2 John 1:1-13
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. Psalm 125:2
Elisha’s servant was fearful when he realized the city of Dothan was surrounded by the Syrian army. Elisha prayed that the Lord would open the servant’s eyes to see that they were compassed about by God’s hosts (2 Kgs. 6:8-23). We, too, are surrounded by the enemies’ forces, but we must remember “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Ps. 34:7). —Wm. H. Gustafson
Safe in Christ! Safe in Christ!
He’s their glory ever;
None can pluck them from His hand,
They shall perish never. —H. D’Arcy Champney
2 Chronicles 35:1-27; Daniel 2:24-49; 1 John 5:1-21
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
As sinners we cannot work for salvation, but once saved, our salvation works. Regarding our good works, they are meant to glorify the Lord, not you or me. Are you a servant or a celebrity? You and I must decide whether we will magnify the Lord or promote self. God is glorified when people see the Saviour and not the servant. —W. Ross Rainey
May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him. —Kate B. Wilkinson