Saturday, February 8, 2020

Genesis 46:1-47:27; Psalm 25:1-22; Matthew 26:31-56

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

When my brother and I complained as children my dad would ask, “Do you need an attitude adjustment?” What an accurate question. Often our situation is not as difficult as we perceive and it is our perspective that needs to change. Are we actively working to see God’s blessings or getting stuck on little inconveniences? What are you thankful to the Lord for today? —Danielle Robins

Thou suffered the cross and the torment,
That I might forever go free—
A thousand, a thousand thanksgivings,
I bring, blessed Saviour, to Thee! —Ernst Homburg

Friday, February 7, 2020

Genesis 45:1-28; Psalms 23:1-24:10; Matthew 26:1-30

I am of Paul; and I of Apollos. 1 Corinthians 1:12

We all have our favourite writers and preachers. But that is not the issue here. Rather, it is putting such individuals above the Lord. Some Corinthians followed Paul, others Apollos, still others Peter. These men certainly weren’t seeking this adoration. But, no doubt each so-called party led to factions within the local Church, not a good practice under any condition. There are many people who have equipped and encouraged us, but we are not to follow them. We are to follow their Master, who is also our Master. —N. C. Funston

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high;
I will praise Him. He is exalted, forever exalted, and I will praise His Name! —Twila Paris

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Genesis 44:1-34; Psalm 22:1-31; Matthew 25:31-46

But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given to her for a covering. 1 Corinthians 11:15
She began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. Luke 7:38, NKJV

The glory of a woman is her hair, yet this woman humbly brought her own glory down and used it to wipe the dirt from the feet of her Saviour. Our worldly “glories” are temporary and can be used to lift up self or they can be used to exalt our Saviour. Selfish ambition and vain conceit will fade away. Let us carefully consider our own “glories” and lay them at the beautiful feet of Him who brings good news. —Je? Frey

Not I, but Christ be seen, be known and heard;
Not I, but Christ in every thought and word. —A. A. Whiddington

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Genesis 43:1-34; Psalms 20:1-21:13; Matthew 25:1-30

Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed. Luke 16:26
Your iniquities have separated between you and your God. Isa. 59:2
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18

God in His mercy has bridged the great gulf between us and Him through the death of His beloved Son. He was the “Lamb slain before the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). John the Baptist said of Him, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Have you believed on Him and received Him as your Saviour? —E. C. B.

O, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
O, the mighty gulf that God did span! At Calvary. —William Newell

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Genesis 41:50-42:38; Psalm 19:1-14; Matthew 24:29-51

Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. Joshua 23:11

God did not make us robots, and He longs, out of a full heart, for genuine love and a?ection. One can appreciate that it is hard to imagine loving someone you have not seen. However when we consider that He gave the Son of His love for us, and all the sufferings of Christ, let alone His unswerving faithfulness over the years, it brings us to that point where we cannot do anything else but say “I love you Lord”. —Brian Russell

I love you Lord and I lift my voice,
To worship You, oh my soul rejoice. —Laurie Klein

Monday, February 3, 2020

Genesis 41:1-49; Psalm 18:30-50; Matthew 24:1-28

But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. Acts 11:9

The person that is born again—cleansed by God—is no more common, but chosen of God and beloved. Let us then be very careful how we regard the Lord’s people. View each one as God sees them, as one of His jewels. “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another” (Rom. 12:10). —D. Pickup

We are called to be God’s people, showing by our lives His grace,
One in heart and one in spirit, sign of hope for all the race.
Let us show how He has changed us, and remade us as His own,
Let us share our life together as we shall around His throne. —Thomas A. Jackson

Lord’s Day, February 2, 2020

Genesis 40:1-23; Psalm 18:1-29; Matthew 23:1-39

Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! Isaiah 42:1, NKJV
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17, NKJV

The coronation of a monarch is filled with pomp and ceremony. Not so the moment when Jehovah’s Servant was divinely identified. None of the world’s elite were present. John the Baptist stood amazed in the Jordan. A few of His disciples looked on. But the Father urges us to consider Him. Behold! My Servant. He was God’s chosen One to be our Saviour. As the Father found all His delight in Him, may we find our delight in Him too! —Jim Comte

Glory to Thee; Thou Son of God most high, all praise to Thee.
Glory to Thee, enthroned above the sky, Who died for me.—E. C. Quine

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Genesis 39:1-23; Psalm 17:1-15; Matthew 22:15-46

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26, ESV

This verse indicates we can deceive our own hearts by not watching our words. Bridling the tongue is no easy task. It is impossible without the Holy Spirit and our constant obedience. James gives us practical wisdom as to how to accomplish this: “be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19, ESV). —Glenda Paquette

Lord, I want to speak life not death; empower me as I wait;
Listening to my transformed heart before I venture to speak;
Holy Spirit, tame my tongue as I employ the self-control,
You are developing in me—To speak life not death—
Into others’ lives and reputations—in all my words God be glorified. —G. P.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Genesis 38:1-30; Psalms 15:1-16:11; Matthew 21:33-22:14

I have surely seen the affliction of my people…for I know their sorrows. Exodus 3:7

We don’t read very far into God’s Word before we come to this verse that tells us of the great love and compassion that God has for His beloved people. Are you going through a time of deep sorrow? Be assured He cares. Isaiah says, “he hath…carried our sorrows” (Isa. 53:4). Peter says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). This is no stone god who never sees nor hears us, but a God who loves us intensely. Take your problem to Him. —Mary Robins

O yes He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief. —Frank E. Graeff

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Genesis 37:1-36; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matthew 21:1-32

You are our epistle…known and read of all men. 2 Corinthians 3:2, NKJV

The great nineteenth century evangelist, D. L. Moody used to say, “Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me.” Today fewer and fewer people spend time in serious reading of holy Scripture but Christians are “read” every day. Do the readers see kindness, compassion, patience and purity or something else? Do they see a reflection of the attractive character of Christ and yearn to see more? That is the challenge for us as Christians today. —Paul Young

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wondrous compassion and purity.
Oh! Thou Spirit divine all my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. —Tom M. Jones