Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2 Samuel 12:1-31; Habakkuk 3:1-19; Romans 16:1-27

By one man sin entered into the world. Romans 5:12
The gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:15

Two entirely opposite threads—each traced back to one man.
One man, Adam, brought sin through his disobedience and all
were made sinners. One Man, the Lord Jesus, brought grace and
died to put away sin by His obedience. He gave Himself a ransom
for all (1 Tim. 2:5-6), to make them righteous and that includes you
and me. Do you believe this? —K. C. Ung

I saw One hanging on a tree, in agony and blood,
Who fixed His languid eyes on me, as near His cross I stood.
Oh, can it be, upon a tree, the Saviour died for me?
My soul is thrilled, my heart is filled, to think He died for me!
— John Newton

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2 Samuel 10:1-11:27; Habakkuk 2:1-20; Romans 15:14-33

And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land
of the Jews, and in Jerusalem. Acts 10:39
But were eye witnesses of his majesty…when we were with him
in the holy mount. 2 Peter 1:16, 18
A witness of the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 5:1
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus…And we are his
witnesses of these things. Acts 5:30, 32

Peter gives a first-hand account of the life and work of Christ, in
both his preaching and written ministry. Deep impressions must
have been made upon the fisherman from Galilee, as he was an
eye witness to His humility, glory, agony and victory! May we be
a faithful witness for Him today. —Pete Smith

Christians, go and tell of Jesus,
How He died to save our souls. —Edward Hammond

Monday, August 26, 2019

2 Samuel 8:1-9:13; Habakkuk 1:1-17; Romans 14:19-15:13

Daniel petitioned the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abed-Nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon.
Daniel 2:49, NKJV

Misery loves company, they say, but so does joy. Daniel was
always concerned for those whom God had placed within his care.
Perhaps he had been their mentor back in Judah. His standards
for a healthy diet and devotion to the Lord are well-documented,
as well as the impact it had on these young men. He could have
shifted his convictions or become bitter over his circumstances,
but he remained steadfast. Regardless of struggle or success, he
continued to look out for these young men. We likewise need to be
doing the same for those within our influence. —N. C. Funston

To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill;
And may it all my pow’rs engage, to do my Master’s will. —C. Wesley

Lord’s Day, August 25, 2019

2 Samuel 7:1-29; Nahum 2:1-3:19; Romans 14:1-18

Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be
equal with God. Philippians 2:6, NKJV

Matthew recounts the Lord’s temptation in the wilderness and
the enemy’s attempts to get Him to avoid the cross. Those 40
long days and nights of testing, followed by the final three tests
by the Devil himself, are quite beyond our imagining. But we can
be so very thankful that He overcame all the enemy’s challenges
to set aside His humanity to escape the very real extremities He
was facing. He became human—and wonder of wonders, He
stayed human. —M. MacMullen

O Love divine! That stooped to share,
Our sharpest pang, our bitterest tear,
On Thee we cast each earth-born care,
We smile at pain, while Thou art near. —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Saturday, August 24, 2019

2 Samuel 6:1-23; Nahum 1:1-15; Romans 13:1-14

I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place
for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2-3

The Lord was not speaking of a construction project, adding
extra rooms, or decorations or housekeeping arrangements to
prepare for extra guests. The work He did to prepare a place for
us was done at the cross. It was redemption work, the shedding of
His blood and the giving of His life as our sin-bearer. He blotted
out the handwriting of ordinances against us (Col. 2:14), making
possible our forgiveness and rebirth as new creations who will be
with Him in glory. Our forerunner awaits us there, within the veil
(Heb. 6:19-20). —Carl Knott

Soon Thy saints shall all be gathered inside the veil;
All at home, no more be scattered, inside the veil. —Elizabeth Dark

Friday, August 23, 2019

2 Samuel 4:1-5:25; Micah 7:1-20; Romans 12:1-21

Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts;
Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, And I will turn unto
you, saith the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 1:3

After decades-long discipline, God called the remnant to repent.
He never refuses believers’ sorrowful contrition, but rather commits
Himself to their restoration. James 4:8 promises: “Draw nigh
to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;
and purify your hearts, ye double minded”. Repentance and faith in
Christ provide salvation (Mark 2:17); likewise, erring believers are
exhorted to turn again to Him (Rev. 2:5). If you have fallen, turn
again to God today. —Keith Keyser

O Lord, I cast my care on Thee; I triumph and adore:
Henceforth my great concern shall be to love and please Thee more.
—John Ryland

Thursday, August 22, 2019

2 Samuel 3; Micah 6; Romans 11:13-36

Master, carest thou not that we perish? Mark 4:38
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Oh yes, He cared very much. He still cares for you dear Christian,
whatever storm may be looming in the darkness today for it matters to Him about you. —David Croudace

Does Jesus care when my way is dark, with a nameless dread and fear?
Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye” To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?
Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Saviour cares. —Frank E. Graeff

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2 Samuel 2:1-32; Micah 4:9-5:15; Romans 11:1-12

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed
away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor. 5:17, NKJV
But we all…beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are
being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Cor. 15:52, NKJV

When we trust Christ for salvation we are changed. As we allow
Christ to live His life through us we are changed. On that day
when Christ returns we will be changed. Have you trusted Christ
and started on that pathway of change today? —Janet Fleming

Give me a sight of Christ and heaven,
And there’s one thing I know,
I’ll never be the same again… —Janet Fleming

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2 Samuel 1:1-27; Micah 3:1-4:8; Romans 9:30-10:21

For the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah 4:6

Under Nehemiah’s leadership, God’s people divided into
52 work groups and completed the rebuilding of the walls of
Jerusalem in just 52 days. Many of the builders did not reside
in Jerusalem but helped for the common good. Others were not
trained stone workers or carpenters (such as goldsmiths, perfume makers
and women) but helped with the work nevertheless. They
faced danger of attack, exposure to the weather and back-breaking
effort. Yet they worked willingly and with a common purpose to
complete their God-given task. Today we should be both building
up ourselves in our most holy faith and seeking to build up our
churches for the glory of the Lord. —Paul Young

Standing together, moving as one;
We are God’s army, called to overcome. —Noel & Tricia Richards

Monday, August 19, 2019

1 Samuel 30:1-31:13; Micah 1:1-2:13; Romans 9:1-29

And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab
thirty days. Deuteronomy 34:8
And his people made no burning for him (King Jehoram
departed without being desired). 2 Chronicles 21:19

Have you ever wondered how you will be remembered after
your passing? Most of us have. Moses and King Jehoram left
with opposite commendations. Moses would be sorely missed
but Jehoram’s people purposely dishonoured him and let him
die in contempt, not buried in the tomb of the kings. One was
highly esteemed, the other despised. Let us be like the apostle
Paul who could say “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my
course” (2 Tim. 4:7). —Arnot P. McIntee

O God, I pray for grace to live,
So that when I die, I shall be missed. —Robert Murray McCheyne