Saturday, March 28, 2020

Leviticus 4:27-5:13; Psalm 104:1-35; Acts 27:1-26

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ. Colossians 4:2-3

I fear what Mr. Ironside wrote over 90 years ago is still true today: “The soul flourishes in an atmosphere of prayer. Our souls will languish without prayer and our testimony will be utterly fruitless if we neglect communion with God. One of the most common sins among Christians today is prayerlessness.” May our prayers be faithful, thankful and purposeful. —Pete Smith

Go often to the quiet place of thine own heart in prayer,
For in the shelter of its peace, God is waiting there.
Commit thyself with childlike faith unto His loving hands,
Be still and know that He is God, who loves thee best and understands. —Author Unknown

Friday, March 27, 2020

Leviticus 4:1-26; Psalm 103:1-22; Acts 26:19-32

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7, NKJV

Today we hear much of “caregivers.” I know a number of dear ones who care for loved ones. As I have seen the tender love and care that is given to a spouse or parent, it makes me think of my heavenly caregiver. How precious to think of the above verse and to know that my Lord is there to respond to my every need. Dear caregiver, be encouraged, you are displaying the beauty of our Lord as you gently look after your loved one. —Mary Robins

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity,
May His Spirit divine all my being refine,
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. —Albert Orsborn

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Leviticus 3:1-17; Psalm 102:1-28; Acts 26:1-18

Every one of you came near to me and said, “Let us send men before us, and let them search out the land for us…” Deuteronomy 1:22, NKJV

We learn here that it was not Moses, but the people who first wanted to send spies into Canaan to assess the land. At the end of his life, Moses reminded the people that it was their lack of faith in God’s word that led to their complaining, rebellion, and judgment. Sight-based faith is a deficient faith that cannot please God (Heb. 11:6). This means that the disaster at Kadesh-Barnea actually began the moment the spies entered Canaan, not when they returned. May we walk by faith and not by sight! —W. A. H.

Against the foe in vales below, let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know, that overcomes the world. —J. H. Yates

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Leviticus 2:1-16; Psalms 99:1-101:8; Acts 25:13-27

Behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

“Tracts everywhere!” exclaimed a young man in disgust as he was handed one by an earnest Christian worker. “No,” replied the worker softly, “there will be none in hell.” The words “none in hell“ reverberated through the young man’s mind until he finally accepted Christ. Today you could be saved by repenting of your sin and accepting the Saviour. Oh, may this be your day of salvation! —Arnot P. McIntee

Say, poor sinner, take salvation, Jesus died to set you right,
Do not give the dreadful answer, I’ll be saved, but not to-night.
Give me a just a little longer, for the world looks now so bright.
When I feel I am dying, I’ll be saved, but not tonight. —Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Leviticus 1:1-17; Psalms 96:1-98:9; Acts 24:24-25:12

I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

Dating all the way back to the days of Moses and the crossing of the Red Sea, Israel was taught to “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Ex. 14:13). That is a lesson that is surely needed in this fast-paced world where the key word is “instant” (coffee, cash, take-out, etc.). His ways are not limited by our clocks and calendars. Let’s learn to wait upon the Lord in regards to the complexities of life that beset us each day (See Isa. 40:31). —Wm. H. Gustafson

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake,
To guide the future, as He has the past. —Katharina von Schlagel

Monday, March 23, 2020

Exodus 40:1-38; Psalms 94:1-95:11; Acts 24:1-23

For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off…But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. Deuteronomy 30:11, 14, NKJV

From Israel’s day to our own, God’s commands are never too difficult to understand, or beyond our reach to attain. The difficulty comes in our reception of, and obedience to His given commands. Are you struggling to obey a direct command set forth in God’s Word? Perhaps to love the unloveable or forgive the unforgiveable? God’s Word is clear. The question is, how will you respond? Your happiness depends on it! —E. V.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way,
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. —John H. Sammis

Lord’s Day, March 22, 2020

Exodus 39:1-43; Psalms 92:1-93:5; Acts 23:12-35

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

The suffering Saviour, in His humiliation and shame, likened Himself to a worm—a symbol of insignificance and helplessness. What is lower than a worm? We crush them without giving a second thought. Christ suffered such humiliation and rejection. Crushed by men. Crushed by my sins. Crushed by the judgment of God. “He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities” (Isa. 53:5, ESV). —Peter Ramsay

Upon that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For every sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live. —Stuart Townend

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Exodus 38:1-31; Psalms 90:1-91:16; Acts 22:22-23:11

So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. Jonah 1:6

Could this be what those around us are saying to us? “You believe in a great God that loves us; you say that you love us; then pray for us; petition your God on our behalf.” Like those sailors of old, people around us are perishing in their sin. Let us not be sleeping or unconcerned, but praying to our Heavenly Father, who is able and willing to save. —D. Pickup

Rescue the perishing,
Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful,

Jesus will save. —Fanny J. Crosby

Friday, March 20, 2020

Exodus 37:1-29; Psalm 89:19-52; Acts 22:1-21

He will take…he will take…he will take. 1 Samuel 8:11-18

When the people demand a king, Samuel is offended. The Lord makes it clear to him that He is the one they have rejected, not Samuel. Then the Lord tells Samuel how to answer the people. Six times we read that a king “will take.” How opposite to the Lord God who gives and gives and gives some more. No scheme of man will ever supply the answers, the help, the hope, the security or the peace we are always searching for. We honour the Lord by depending on Him for all our needs. —M. MacMullen

Now none but Christ can satisfy,
None other name for me;
There’s love and life and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee. —J. McGranahan

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Exodus 36:1-38; Psalm 89:1-18; Acts 21:17-40

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Jonah 1:3

In the book of Jonah, one verse describes Jonah’s bad decision. The rest of the book details the consequences of that decision: how it affected the sailors, the residents of Ninevah and Jonah himself. What a solemn lesson! A choice, made hastily and emotionally, so clearly against the Lord’s will, had significant consequences for Jonah and those around him. That danger exists for us too. How vital for us to remain in the presence of the Lord! —Lynn Shatford

I come into His presence, all my questions become clear,
And for a sacred moment, no doubt can interfere. —B. & G. Davis