Friday, January 24, 2020

Genesis 30:1-43; Job 40:1-41:34; Matthew 16:13-17:13

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, through saved sinners, 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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Genesis 29:1-35; Job 38:1-39:30; Matthew 15:29-16:12

The daughters of Zelophehad speak what is right; you shall surely give them a possession of inheritance among their father’s brothers, and cause the inheritance of their father to pass to them. Numbers 27:7, NKJV

Zelophehad died in the wilderness, though he had not rebelled against the Lord. He had five daughters, but no sons. Claiming God’s promises as their own, his daughters appealed their situation to Moses. They did not want their father’s name to be forgotten, nor did they want to live in Israel’s inheritance without having a part in it. God agreed. When His people speak unprejudiced words of faith, they speak right in God’s estimation. —W. A. H.

Brief life is here our portion; brief sorrow, short lived care;
The life that knows no ending, the tearless life, is there.—John Neale

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Genesis 28:1-22; Job 36:1-37:24; Matthew 15:1-28

When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6

A brilliant diamond brooch was given to a skilled gemologist for his appraisal. “Although it is showy and attractive, it is of little value,“ he said. “None of the stones are of perfect quality.” “But,” remonstrated its owner, “it must be valuable, it was the gift of a king!” “O,” replied the smiling appraiser, “many kings give inferior gifts and keep the best for themselves.” It was not so with the King of kings. He gave Himself and everlasting life. Have you received His priceless gift? —Arnot P. McIntee

I gave My life for thee, My precious blood I shed,
That Thou might’st ransomed be, and quickened from the dead.
I gave, I gave My life for thee. What hast thou given for Me? —Havergal

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Genesis 27:1-46; Job 34:1-35:16; Matthew 14:13-36

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

When we seek to please others, the eyes of our heart lose their focus on the Lord Jesus. When that happens we begin to regard people and our circumstances instead of the Lord, and it is not long before the things of this life control our hearts and minds. Keep looking to Jesus for He is the Master of our hearts. Viewing Him brings God’s peace to our souls. —Vickie Gaynier

I in my Saviour am happy and blessed;
Watching and waiting, looking above;
Filled with His goodness,
Lost in His love. —Fanny J. Crosby

Monday, January 20, 2020

Genesis 26:1-35; Job 32:1-33:33; Matthew 13:44-14:12

And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. John 6:6

Whenever you face something overwhelming, rest assured that the Lord already knows what He is going to do. Yet, because of His gracious nature, the Lord is always inviting us to be involved in His work. The disciples on this occasion were tasked with feeding thousands, a job well beyond anyone’s ability. Not only did Jesus want them to come up with ideas on how to feed the masses, He also wanted them to organize the event and execute it. But Jesus knew what He was going to do. What’s He going to do in your impossible situation? —Shane Johnson

All things are possible to God; to Christ, the power of God in man;
To me when I am all renewed, in Christ am fully formed again.—Wesley

Lord’s Day, January 19, 2020

Genesis 25:1-34; Job 31:1-40; Matthew 13:24-43

Who is worthy? Revelation 5:2
Thou art worthy, O Lord! Revelation 4:11

The dictionary defines worthy as, “having value or merit, deserving.” That description is personified in our blessed Saviour. Heaven’s courts ask the question: “Who is worthy?” It is emphatically answered: “Thou art worthy O Lord!” Why is He worthy? Because He was slain and has redeemed us to God by His blood. What is He worthy of? To receive blessing, and honour, and glory, and power! Raise up adoration and praise from worshiping hearts today, for He alone is worthy! —E. V.

Thou, Thou art worthy Lord, of most untiring praise;
The Lamb once slain shall be adored thro’ everlasting days. —W. H. Havergal

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Genesis 24:1-67; Job 29:1-30:31; Matthew 13:1-23

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Rev. 19:6

This verse is one of four, where Alleluias fill the vault of Heaven. These Alleluias were provoked by the destruction of Babylon— that godless, man-made, global, world system. The Mother of Harlots—the counterfeit bride—has gone. Now the time has come for the true bride of Christ to be revealed, and the marriage supper of the Lamb to take place. Not only so, but the Kingdom of God is now to be established, with Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. Again we say, Alleluia. —W. H. Burnett

When He comes, our glorious King, all His ransomed home to bring.
Then anew, this song we’ll sing, Hallelujah! What a Saviour. —P. P. Bliss

Friday, January 17, 2020

Genesis 23:1-20; Job 27:1-28:28; Matthew 12:22-50

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

It takes very little e?ort to focus on what’s wrong. We’re surrounded by it. The god of this world provides everything needed for us to be miserable. So why would we let him win? Instead we should set our attention and a?ections on things which are of heavenly character! —Rick Morse

Though destruction walk around us, though the arrows past us fly,
Angel guards from Thee surround us, we are safe if Thou art nigh. —James Edmeston

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Genesis 22:1-24; Job 25:1-26:14; Matthew 12:1-21

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14

What a blessed prospect! Before modern technology existed we wondered how this could be accomplished. Now we see evidences of that global “news” coverage constantly. “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). So we shouldn’t be overwhelmed with the misuse of current technology, but should realize that it is simply another evidence of His soon return. Our great God can do with it as He so chooses. —Wm. H. Gustafson

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove;
The glories of His righteousness. —Isaac Watts

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Genesis 20:1-21:34; Job 23:1-24:25; Matthew 11:2-30

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds. Colossians 4:3

Paul wrote these words while incarcerated in a Roman prison. Nevertheless, when he requested prayer it was not to be delivered from prison, but that a door would be open for him to speak about Christ. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that if our circumstances were more favourable we would be better able to be used of the Lord. Remember, the Lord uses those who are available to Him, despite their situation. —Sid Halsband

The heirs of salvation, I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation, must follow their Lord. —John Newton