Thursday, June 4, 2020

Deuteronomy 16:1-22; Song of Solomon 6:10-8:14; Luke 11:1-13

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. Philippians 1:29

Often God pairs suffering with salvation. When we view suffering as His gift, our acceptance of it leads us to experience a deeper fellowship with Christ, attaining a greater knowledge of Him. Being identified with Christ is a great privilege and gives value to our suffering. Knowing that suffering is temporary and light compared to our future eternal weight of glory, let us allow it to strengthen, motivate, and fill us with hope. —George Ferrier

And when this cup You give is filled to brimming,
With bitter suffering, hard to understand,
We take it thankfully and without trembling,
Out of so good and so beloved a hand. —D. Bonhoeffer

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Deuteronomy 14:22-15:23; Song of Solomon 5:2-6:9; Luke 10:25-42

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4, NKJV

A man we knew helped another younger man who was struggling financially. He went to a local shop and paid his account. Sadly the young man did not appreciate what had been done for him, but instead despised the giver. Today many don’t appreciate the greatest gift of all. Have you thanked the Lord Jesus for dying for you and accepted Him as your Saviour? —Janet Fleming

Have you thanked the Saviour
For dying for you on the cross at Calvary?
Have you asked for His forgiveness,
So that you might be set free? —Janet Fleming

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Deuteronomy 13:1-14:21; Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1; Luke 10:1-24

Throughout every city and village…Mary…and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. Luke 8:1-3
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40

Joy from unnoticed service is often subdued when Satan injects a sense of insignificance into the thoughts of God’s servants. However, to the heart of the Lord, unseen service has great significance. The record of the selfless endeavours of these women was divinely preserved to encourage the hearts of discouraged servants to persevere. Our Lord sees all. Nothing meaningless or mundane is ever done for Him. Let His mind be in you. —D. J. Reed

Make me a servant, humble and meek,
Lord, let me lift up those who are weak. —Kelly Willard

Monday, June 1, 2020

Deuteronomy 12:1-32; Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5; Luke 9:37-62

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12, NKJV

One theme in Proverbs is the danger of pride. The great principle repeated twice in the New Testament, that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5), finds its origin in the book of Proverbs. But who is the man wise in his own eyes? Is it not, the one who thinks his ways are better than others; the one who thinks his viewpoint is more valid than others and the one who thinks his experience is more authentic than others? Humble yourself now. God decides whose ways, viewpoints and experiences have value. Trust Him to reveal it. —Shane Johnson

We bow low; faces down to the ground in Your presence Lord,
With our tears we wash Your feet; we bow low, falling on our knees. —Gateway Worship

Lord’s Day, May 31, 2020

Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32; Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7; Luke 9:18-36

It was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea…asked for the body of Jesus. Mark 15:42-43, NKJV

His request granted, Joseph purchased the linen needed to wrap the body. Then he took down the body of the Lord. Picture him bending with tears over the almost unrecognizable features so beloved, tenderly wrapping that precious body with the best linen in the world. Carrying his precious burden, Joseph was now ceremonially unclean and unable to take part in Passover—perhaps for the first time in his life. Preparation Day. Joseph unwittingly preparing for a new Sabbath, for Resurrection Day. Prepare and then worship. —M. MacMullen

Amidst us our Beloved stands,
And bids us view His pierced hands. —A. P. Gibbs

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:11; Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14; Luke 9:1-17

Even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isaiah 46:4

When I was younger I often heard older people say, “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” I suppose another way to put it would be that, “It is only for the brave.” Certainly aging brings unique challenges to our life journey. But isn’t it just one more of life’s seasons to trust fully to our Lord? Then we’ll see that triumphant aging is the lot of the one who trusts the Lord. He will bear; He will carry; He will deliver. —Ken Gross

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall;
Trusting Jesus, that is all. —Edgar P. Stites

Friday, May 29, 2020

Deuteronomy 7:12-8:20; Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20; Luke 8:40-56

And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness…Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand. 1 Samuel 23:14, NKJV
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Cor. 10:4-5, NKJV

For David, strongholds in the wilderness were a source of safety. But for us, strongholds are physical, mental or spiritual issues that hold us captive. When we turn these things over to Him, the Holy Spirit helps us to keep our thoughts on Jesus and the freedom we have in Him. —Annette Baal

I will cast all my cares upon You. —Kelly Willard

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Deuteronomy 6:1-7:11; Ecclesiastes 8:1-9:10; Luke 8:22-39

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3

After returning home from a far country, I found that I could not convert my leftover currency back into Canadian dollars. It had no value here. Similarly, many are hoping that some day they will be able to exchange their own righteousness for heavenly currency. Yet falling short of God’s righteousness, their good deeds will be worthless. Instead, we must solely believe on Christ and His work at Calvary. When we do so, God exchanges our faith for Heaven’s currency, Christ’s perfect righteousness. —George Ferrier

The good works of the unsaved may indeed benefit their fellow-creatures; but until life in Christ has been received, they cannot please God. —Hudson Taylor

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Deuteronomy 5:1-33; Ecclesiastes 7:1-29; Luke 8:1-21

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

As a little one was being tucked into bed, she turned and said, “Mommy, I was thinking about gravity and I’ve decided it is God at the centre of the world, protecting and keeping His children right side up when the world is upside down.” How wonderful to know our great God can keep His dear people right side up, in an upside down world. He cares for you—today. —Arnot P. McIntee

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
Lean weary one upon His breast, God will take care of you. —Civilla Durfee Martin

Thursday, May 26, 2020

Deuteronomy 4:1-49; Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:12; Luke 7:30-50

So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 20:2

Sadly, today some have been turned aside from following Christ by such things as materialism or personal pleasure. Devotion, loyalty and commitment should mark each of us, as it did the men of Judah. May God preserve each of us from following worldly pursuits and help us to heed the advice of Barnabas, to the new believers in Antioch—“that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord” (Acts 11:23). —Pete Smith

Saviour, more than life to me, I am clinging, clinging close to Thee;
Let Thy precious blood applied, keep me ever, ever near Thy side. —Fanny J. Crosby