1 Kings 13:33-14:31; Jeremiah 24:1-25:38; Colossians 2:8-3:4
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him
that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto
us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye
might be partakers of the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:3-4
Peter lays out three blessings in these verses. We have the power
of God, promises from God and we are partakers with God. But
He has given us much more than just these things. Through His
divine power He has given us “all” things. This salvation that He
has provided through the death of the Lord Jesus is enough for
time and eternity, for “life and godliness” (v. 3). —N. C. Funston
Awesome power, boundless grace;
None can fathom all Your ways.
— John G. Elliot
1 Kings 13:1-32; Jeremiah 23:1-40; Colossians 1:21-2:7
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to
this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20
I am the light of the world. John 9:5
When one speaks according to God’s Word, light emanates from
what is said. To speak the whole counsel of God is to bring light
into darkness. Preaching like that brings such help to God’s people
and preaching like that can’t help but focus on our Saviour. Jesus is
Light and Truth and Life, (John 14:6). The Scriptures are God’s full
proclamation of Himself and His beloved Son (2 Tim. 2:15). May
we preach them faithfully and obey them fully. —Annette Baal
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith, in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
Who unto the Saviour, for refuge have fled? —J. Rippon
1 Kings 12:1-33; Jeremiah 21:1-22:30; Colossians 1:1-20
Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.
Jonah 2:8, NKJV
There are many things in life we cling to without knowing it.
It could be relationships, a vocation, material success—even worthy
desires and dreams. None of these are bad in themselves. But
when we begin to look to something other than God to satisfy us,
that’s when it becomes an idol. God reminds us to cling to Him!
Eventually, all idols fail, bringing disappointment and disillusionment.
But God promises that His grace will be abundantly sufficient
for all we need and only He can provide us with true joy and
satisfaction. Let’s cling to Him today! —Deborah Manera
He is a jealous God and He suffers no rivals.
— A. W. Tozer
1 Kings 11:1-43; Jeremiah 19-20; Philippians 4:2-23
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so
must the Son of man be lifted up. John 3:14
The brass serpent needed to be placed high upon a pole to be in
a place where the afflicted could see it if they would turn. So we
must keep our Saviour high and lifted up so if any would repent,
they can see Jesus. —D. Pickup
High and lifted up in all the earth is who You are;
Lord we exalt Your name. —Joseph Pace
1 Kings 10:1-29; Jeremiah 18:1-23; Philippians 3:1-4:1
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being
justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24
What a contrast between these two verses. We have all fallen
short of the glory of God. But now freely (without a cause) we
have redemption. The source of this salvation is entirely the Lord.
It is freely from Him, by Him and for Him—salvation without a
cause. We were poor lost sinners before Him and yet out of His
mercy and goodness alone, He saved us. —Harold G. Smith
And can it be that I should gain,
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued? —Charles Wesley
1 Kings 9:1-28; Jeremiah 17:1-27; Philippians 2:12-30
And the angel of the Lord came…and touched him, and said,
“Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you”.
1 Kings 19:7, NKJV
Our God is not limited to conventional means to provide for
His children. He has unlimited resources at His disposal. Elijah’s
history is a classic example of this. Ravens, a widow, and in this
case, an angel, were employed to provide for His discouraged
servant. Dear weary child of God; has your journey sapped you
of all physical and spiritual energy and you’re dreading what lies
ahead? Fear not. Lay it at His feet, trusting Him implicitly. He will
provide exactly what you need, in ways you least expect! —E. V.
Saviour, He can move the mountains; my God is mighty to save!
Forever, Author of salvation, He rose and conquered the grave.
— B. Fielding & R. Morgan
1 Kings 8:31-66; Jeremiah 16:1-21; Philippians 1:21-2:11
He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23
The cross is not an ornament for one’s neck. Neither is it a burden
to be borne such as Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7). Oh
no! One who was seen carrying a cross was on their way to die!
What the Lord is saying is, if you want to follow Me it must be a
life commitment—you must be willing to suffer and even be willing
to face death for Me. To suffering saints in Smyrna and to us
He says, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer…(
just) Be faithful until death” (Rev. 2:10). —David Croudace
Am I a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause, or blush to speak His name?
Must I be carried to the skies, on flowery beds of ease,
While others fight to win the prize and sail thro’ bloody seas?—C. Studd
1 Kings 8:1-30; Jeremiah 15:1-21; Philippians 1:1-20
Ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 1 Corinthians 11:26
What will happen when our Lord comes? First, He personally
shall descend from heaven. Then the dead in Christ shall rise first.
Those who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always
be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:16-17). What a grand reunion of loved
ones it will be then! Till He comes, let us eat of the bread and drink
of the cup, remembering and revering Him. —K. C. Ung
See, the feast of love is spread,
Drink the wine, and break the bread;
Sweet memorials, till the Lord;
Calls us round His heavenly board;
Some from earth, from glory some,
Severed only, till He come. —E. H. Bickersteth Jr.
1 Kings 7:1-51; Jeremiah 14:1-22; Ephesians 6:10-24
But we trusted it had been he which should have redeemed
Israel. Luke 24:21
One can imagine the sadness the two disciples felt as they
trudged the Emmaus road. It is reflected in two words spoken in
the past tense, “we trusted”. It reveals their lost hope in the One
who lay buried in Joseph’s tomb. But death could not long imprison
the Author of Life. From His resurrection springs hope and
consolation. We praise and thank Him for being raised for our justification.
The risen Christ will remain and conquer. —E. Dyck
Bow to the conq’ring King,
God’s own begotten Son!
Death where is now thy sting?
God’s redeeming work is done.
1 Kings 6:1-38; Jeremiah 13:1-27; Ephesians 5:22-6:9
And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My
people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry…I know their
sorrows.” Exodus 3:7, NKJV
Israel’s suffering did not escape the Lord’s notice, nor had He
forgotten His covenant with their patriarchs. He remembers His
promises to them: “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”
(Rom. 11:29, NKJV). He knew about their persecution, and had
plans to judge their tormentors and deliver Israel to new life in the
promised land. In our age, the Almighty remembers His church,
never deserts His children, and promises to safely carry us to the
Father’s house (John 14:1-3). —Keith Keyser
And art Thou with us, gracious Lord, to dissipate our fear?
Dost Thou proclaim Thyself our God, our Father ever near?