Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Genesis 10:1-11:26; Job 13:1-14:22; Matthew 6:19-7:6

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Job endured severe trials. His wife urged him to curse God and die. His friends misunderstood Him. Slowly he sank into despair! But amidst it all, he was confident that God “knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). What did God’s “good work” achieve? Job testifies; “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6). —Ray Jones

Open mine eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hand the wonderful key, that shall unclasp, and set me free. —Clara H. Scott

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Genesis 8:20-9:29; Job 11:1-12:25; Matthew 6:1-18

Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Psalm 35:17

Joseph and Jeremiah found themselves in dungeons of false accusations; Jonah in the belly of foolish decisions; David in the cave of rejection; Elijah in the cave of failure; Isaiah commissioned to the stronghold of hardening hearts, Habakkuk called to dwell among unrighteousness. Every situation was allowed by God, but for how long? Just long enough to accomplish His sovereign will and reveal His glory. Beloved, wait upon the Lord with confidence as He renews your strength, for eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). —D. J. Reed

I waited for the Lord on high,
I waited and He heard my cry. —B. Batstone

Monday, January 6, 2019

Genesis 7:11-8:19; Job 9:1-10:22; Matthew 5:21-48

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

Over the years I have witnessed some of God’s people fail miserably in the matter of forgiveness. There would be no anger and animosity if we realized fully that for Christ’s sake, God has forgiven us. We certainly did not deserve it. To be forgiven by God is an amazing miracle of grace. Many a local Church would still be flourishing today if this simple Christ-like attitude had been shown to others. —Brian Russell

Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free? —Samuel Davies

Lord’s Day, January 5, 2019

Genesis 6:1-7:10; Job 8:1-22; Matthew 5:1-20

For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. Job 9:32-33

Job needed someone to stand between him and the Almighty God. How he would have marvelled at the intimacy we possess today, that we can “speak, and not fear him” (Job 9:35). This intimacy rests on the Lord Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for our sins. As you worship Him today remember Job’s plight and the position you enjoy in Christ. —Danielle Robins

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away, and my night was turned to day;
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul. —J. W. Peterson

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Genesis 4:1-5:32; Job 6:1-7:21; Matthew 4:1-25

That there be no divisions among you… 1 Corinthians 1:10

Divisions don’t develop without cause. They start as a crushed spirit, a misunderstanding, a disappointment. In any body, and this includes the Church, there are so many working parts, so many elements for good and bad that there is always the potential for negative outcomes. It seems that one of the early issues in the Corinthian Church was that of favouritism; that is, each member had his or her favourite leader. Paul’s solution for Corinth was the same one he gave to the Philippians. Looking out for others, rather than looking up to others (Phil. 2:2-3), is one of the surest ways to unify the assembly. —N. C. Funston

Brother, sister, let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace, to let you be my servant too. —R. Gillard

Friday, January 3, 2020

Genesis 3:1-24; Job 4:1-5:27; Matthew 3:1-17

We spend our years as a tale that is told. Psalm 90:9

Recently, I found a letter to my father dated May, 1946. The letter was signed by eight workmen from the paint shop of the naval dockyard in Hong Kong. My father was there to help re-establish the naval base after the Second World War. In quaint English they wrote: “You treated us very well. We always talk about your good conduct and gentle movement as a story.” May the story that our lives tell commend the Christian way of life to others as we seek to glorify God in our bodies. —Brian Powlesland

I want, and this sums up my prayer,
To glorify Thee till I die;
Then calmly to yield up my soul to Thy care,
And breathe out, in faith, my last sigh. —Charlotte Elliot

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Genesis 2:4-25; Job 2:11-3:26; Matthew 2:1-23

Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars. Proverbs 9:1, NKJV
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:17, NKJV

In Proverbs, wisdom is personified, building her house with the perfect number of pillars—seven. These seven pillars could be compared to the characteristics of wisdom named in the Book of James. Those pillars of wisdom are: pure, peaceable, gentle, available, merciful, fruitful, and sincere. Jesus Christ became for us wisdom from God (1 Cor. 1:30). Build on Him! —Rex Trogdon

So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ,
And the blessings will come down. —Ann Omley

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Genesis 1:1-2:3; Job 1:1-2:10; Matthew 1:1-25

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Colossians 2:6

Though we have committed our eternal destiny to Christ, many of us still want to control today. Yet without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Therefore, faith is integral not only for our initial salvation but also for our daily fellowship with God. By trusting Him each day we find fulfillment and honour Him. If we can trust our eternal future to Him, can we not commit each day to Him? Beginning today, let’s look to Him for guidance, wisdom, and power so that in all ways we may fully please Him. —George Ferrier

Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well. —Fanny J. Crosby

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Esther 9:1-10:3; Malachi 3:7-4:6; Revelation 22:6-21

Then whose shall these things be? Luke 12:20
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be? 2 Peter 3:11

In this affluent age, even God’s dear people get caught up in amassing things. Tragically, things are destined for the flames. Today let us concentrate on, laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt (Matt. 6:19). —Arnot P. McIntee

Be sure you count the cost rightly,
Putting value where value should be.
If you put Jesus first and His glory,
All things will be added to thee. —Author Unknown

Monday, December 30, 2019

Esther 7:1-8:17; Malachi 2:10-3:6; Revelation 21:9-22:5

The blessing of the Lord is upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord. Psalm 129:8

When Boaz visited his grain harvest, his greeting to the reapers was, “The Lord be with you” and their response was, “The Lord bless thee” (Ruth 2:4). Because we have been so blessed by the finished work of our Saviour, we are to pass that blessing on to others. How encouraging to hear someone say, “Have a blessed day!”. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps. 32:1). —Wm. H. Gustafson

Make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing,
To someone today. —Ira B. Wilson