Tuesday, October 20, 2020

2 Kings 23:1-37; Lamentations 3:1-66; 1 Timothy 6:1-21

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:10

An aged believer lay on his death bed. Nearing the borderlands of eternity, he turned to a comforting friend to say, “I’m saved, I have no fear of dying. But what can I say at the judgment seat of Christ about the wasted years of my life?” Let us not waste our blood-bought lives in the pursuit of self and sin. The promised day of review and reward is soon to dawn. Then will we all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. —Arnot P. McIntee

Not at death I shrink or falter,
For my Saviour saves me now;
But to meet Him empty handed,
Thoughts of that now cloud my brow. —Charles C. Luther

Monday, October 19, 2020

2 Kings 21:19-22:20; Lamentations 2:1-22; 1 Timothy 5:1-25

And Jesus said, Make the men sit down…So the men sat down…And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down. John 6:10-11

The men who sat down and ate that day were filled and satisfied. They sought the Lord afterwards so that they might be fed again. Likewise we who follow the Lord and desire to be spiritually fed by Him must “sit down”: we must be serious and attentive to receive. Spiritual nutrition and satisfaction won’t come to those who are impatient or haphazard in their encounters with Jesus, just catching a “bite” of Scripture “on the fly”. —D. Pickup

Long as my life shall last,
Teach me Thy way!
Wher-e’er my lot be cast,
Teach me Thy way! —B. Mansell Ramsey

Lord’s Day, October 18, 2020

2 Kings 20:1-21:18; Lamentations 1:1-22; 1 Timothy 4:1-16

Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things…to burn incense before the Lord, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever. 1 Chronicles 23:13

We too, as a holy and royal priesthood, have been set apart by the Lord to worship Him. We are to offer the fragrance of His Son’s lovely Person; His life and death. We are to present to the Father the preciousness of His Son, which truly ministers to God’s heart and is the essence of worship. We are to adore and extol His worth forever! What a blessed privilege and responsibility we have! —Pete Smith

Come, let us sing the matchless worth,
And sweetly sound the glories forth,
Which in the Saviour shine. —Samuel Medley

Saturday, October 17, 2020

2 Kings 19:1-37; Jeremiah 52:1-34; 1 Timothy 3:1-16

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. Luke 17:15
He said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. John 9:38

One was a cured leper. The other a blind man given sight. One used a loud voice to glorify God while we are left to wonder how the other worshiped. Both expressed the deep thanks of their heart. When we truly worship it can be vocal, in song or silently. It can be as individuals or collectively. God knows our hearts and if it is in spirit and in truth it will satisfy His heart. —Ken Gross

O Blessed, living Lord engage our hearts with Thee,
And strike within the answering cord to love so rich and free.—J. Boyd

Friday, October 16, 2020

2 Kings 18:1-37; Jeremiah 51:25-64; 1 Timothy 2:1-15

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14

David did a lot of waiting. Much of it was accompanied by the trials of living in the wilderness and being on the run for his life. Despite his difficulties he still trusted in the Lord regardless of where that took him. He had experience in the realm of waiting. What is his admonition to us? Be brave, look to God for strength and wait in faith! —Danielle Robins

My soul, be silent, wait upon the Lord!
Learn to deny thy thought and all thy will.
Learn to let God anoint thee with Himself,
And thru thy prayer His purposes fulfill. —W. Lee

Thursday, October 15, 2020

2 Kings 17:1-41; Jeremiah 51:1-24; 1 Timothy 1:1-20

Let them be blotted out of the book of the living. Ps. 69:28a
Yet now, if You will forgive their sin–but if not…blot me out of Your book. Exodus 32:32, NKJV

In the above psalm David asked that God blot the names of those who had treated him badly from the book of the living. Moses instead pleaded that God would forgive the sin of those who had wronged him. Jesus stated “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you” (Luke 6:27-28). What a different world this would be if each of us chose to follow the example of Jesus. —Janet Fleming

Today dear Lord on what I say, may You set Your seal;
That I may speak but words to bless, to comfort and to heal. —J. F

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

2 Kings 15:32-16:20; Jeremiah 50:21-46; Titus 2:9-3:15

Phinehas…has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them. Numbers 25:11, NKJV

Zimri had brought a pagan prostitute into Israel’s camp. This was intolerable for righteous Phinehas, who rose up in holy zeal and executed Zimri and the woman. God honoured Phinehas with a promise of an everlasting priesthood. Remaining silent when God’s name is being disgraced is sin. Carnality in the Church or unholy civil edicts should cause us to do more than to sorrow privately. Believers are to expose the unfruitful works of darkness and to beseech the Lord to act against such corruption (Eph. 5:11). —W. A. H.

And if I’m ever constrained to stay with men of lives profane,
I’ll set a double guard that day, nor let my talk be vain. —Isaac Watts

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

2 Kings 14:23-15:31; Jeremiah 50:1-20; Titus 1:1-2:8

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7

This psalm starts off with a cry for help, moves to confidence in the Lord’s protection, and finishes with praise for His provision. We can always cry to the Lord in times of need. In those moments we learn the most about Him. These are the times when we experience His nearness and His presence, the times when all else is stripped away from us and there is nowhere else to turn. —G. Frear

Unto Thee I cry, O Lord my God,
Keep me safe with protecting rod;
Hear my voice, to You I cry,
Keep me from evil, for You are nigh. —G. F.

Monday, October 12, 2020

2 Kings 13:1-14:22; Jeremiah 49:1-39; Hebrews 13:7-25

He…gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. Acts 14:17

While the world celebrates thanksgiving festivals and holidays, the colourful bounty of the harvest reminds us afresh of how dependant we are on God’s rich provision for us on every hand. The psalmist put it this way, “The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Ps. 145:15-16, NKJV). May our hearts overflow with thanksgiving and praise to our God, and never take any one of His blessings for granted. —E. V.

We plow the fields and scatter, the good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand. —Matthias Claudius

Lord’s Day, October 11, 2020

2 Kings 11:1-12:21; Jeremiah 48:1-47; Hebrews 12:18-13:6

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. Psalm 22:6

What pathos filled, prophetic words. The image of a worm is particularly unsettling. He was low, unnoticed, a reproach. “He is despised and rejected of men” (Isa. 53:3). Our Saviour voluntarily came to this planet. He identified with His own creation; their guilt and shame, at Calvary. “The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6). Your iniquity and mine were laid on Him there. All this came through grace. “The gift of grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:15). Let it move our hearts with gratitude and praise, today. —Vernon Markle

‘Twas on the cross He bled for me,
And purchased there my pardon free. —William McKendree Darwood