November 30

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 30:1-27; Ezekiel 46:1-24; John 21:1-25

when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son. Romans 5:10, NKJV

In his book, Peace Child, Don Richardson tells of discovering the key to presenting the gospel to the Sawi people of Irian Jaya. If a father gave his son to the enemy, his act of sacrifice proved he could be trusted and all who touched the child were placed in a friendly relationship with the father. So God gave His Son for His enemies and all who reach out by faith to the Son for salvation will receive everlasting life. They will no longer be enemies, but His forgiven children. The invitation of Romans 10:13 is, “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (NKJV). —Arnot McIntee

God in mercy sent His Son to a world by sin undone. Jesus Christ
was crucified, ’twas for sinners Jesus died. —Hannah K. Burlingham

November 29

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Ezekiel 45:1-25; John 20:19-31

And Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, ruler of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it and covered it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. And he built the wall of the Pool of Shelah of the king’s garden, as far as the stairs that go down from the city of David. Nehemiah 3:15

Two other gates were repaired before the fountain gate— the valley gate and the dung gate. Isn’t this the Christian’s experience? We travel through the valley of sin and hopelessness. We’re convicted—and trust our Saviour. Behind us lies the dung heap of sin and before us the cleansing fountain! Happy are those who find Christ—the repairer of lives and the restorer of souls! —D. Manera

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable,
Because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. —C. S. Lewis

November 28

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 27:1-28:27; Ezekiel 44:1-31; John 20:1-18

They shall take to them every man a lamb. Exodus 12:3, KJV

Every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Exodus 12:4, KJV

Your lamb shall be without blemish. Exodus 12:5, KJV 

Has the lamb, spoken of in verses three and four, become “your lamb,” as in verse five? The Lamb pictured here is, of course, our Lord Jesus Christ. It is essential that He become “your” Lamb, your own personal Saviour and Lord. For Him to be simply “a” Lamb, or even “the” Lamb is not enough—He must be “your” Lamb. Do you know Him? Do you have this personal relationship with Him? Come to Him today. —Audrey Fiebig

Lord, we own, with hearts adoring, Thou hast loved us unto blood;
Glory, glory everlasting be to Thee, Thou Lamb of God!
—James G. Deck

November 27

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 26:1-23; Ezekiel 43:1-27; John 19:17-42

Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel! Amos 4:12

At every stage of life people plan ahead. Children dream about what they will do when they grow up. Teenagers plan for university or their first job. Engaged couples excitedly organize their weddings while young marrieds anticipate raising a family. As life goes on, people plan for vacations, retirement and even their funerals. While there is nothing wrong with making plans during our brief time here, we must not forget to have a secure plan for eternity. Friend, have you planned for the life after? If not, trust Christ as your Saviour today. —George Ferrier

Sinner, heed the warning voice, make the Lord your final choice,
Then all heaven will rejoice, Be in time. —Author Unknown

November 26

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 25:1-28; Ezekiel 42:1-20; John 18:28-19:16

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. 1 Peter 1:8

These Christians did not have a lot to rejoice in as far as this world was concerned. They had probably lost all of their earthly assets and maybe even loved ones. Yet Peter brings before them eternal, spiritual treasures, which all find their source in the Lord Jesus. We don’t see Him physically, but what joy fills our lives when we by faith meditate on Him—it cannot be expressed. Perhaps there is not a lot for you to rejoice in today as far as this world is concerned. Turn your eyes on Christ and find real and lasting joy in Him. —Paul Robertson

I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now. —W. F. Featherston

November 25

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 23:1-24:27; Ezekiel 41:1-26; John 18:1-27

They should seek God…Yet he is actually not far from each one of us. Acts 17:27

When philosophers and skeptics ask where God is, they are thinking of Him in relation to space, but the Bible speaks of Him in relation to men—not far from anyone, near to the brokenhearted, close to the humble. Unless men seek, however, they will never find Him. True faith banks on the reality of God and the reward of “those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). —W. P. W. McVey

Go and tell it far and wide; God is near!
Dry the tears on every side: God is near!
Take it to the darkest soul, let the message onward roll;
Hark! the bells of heaven toll! God is near!—O. J. Smith

November 24

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 21:1-22:12; Ezekiel 40:1-49; John 17:1-26

What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.” Matthew 26:66, NKJV

When the Lord Jesus acknowledged that He was the Son of God, the high priest angrily accused Him of blasphemy, and inquired of the mob, “What do you think?” They answered heartlessly, “He is deserving of death” and then dared to spit in the face of the sinless One. Of course it was the exact opposite that was true. They were guilty. He was innocent. But it was all according to God’s glorious plan. He was condemned so that we could be forgiven. Have you come to Him and found cleansing through faith in Him? —Curtis Thigpen

In my place condemned he stood; Sealed my pardon with His blood;
Hallelujah! What a Saviour! —Philip P. Bliss

November 23

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 20:1-37; Ezekiel 39:1-29; John 16:16-33

But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. Exodus 3:19

Shortly after a young Muslim had trusted Christ, he said, “My family have become my enemies! They say I have become a disgrace to them, but I am refusing to give up Christ.” God knew the Israelites would face opposition, just as He knows that ones who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be opposed by a world which nailed Him to a cross (2 Timothy 3:12). May God give us courage to face the mocking and persecution of the world and to continue to live for our Saviour who died to save us from our sins. —David Croudace

Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm! Dare to make it known.
—Philip P. Bliss

November 22

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chron. 18:1-19:11; Ezekiel 38:1-23; John 15:17-16:15

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! Psalm 143:10

The horrors of human depravity often alarm us. Sometimes well-meaning people are tempted to join crusades designed to change the downward course of society. O we long to see our nation rescued from the folly of its ungodly ways. Yet, such efforts are sure to fail. Self-improvement will never avail. Each human must accept God’s salvation. It is a matter of choosing life or death. For in acceptance of His revealed will we find life, peace, and assurance—even while we live in a horrific world. Have you accepted? —Doug Kazen

There is a life deep hid in God where all is calm and still, Where
listening to His holy Word, one learns to trust until All anxious
care is put away and peace the soul doth fill. —Author Unknown

November 21

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 16:1-17:19; Ezekiel 37:1-28; John 15:1-16

And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever…that there would be no more delay. Revelation 10:5-6

What an awesome scene! A mighty angel stands on land and sea and lifts his voice. With his declaration, time ends. Then eternity! This day is coming and it may be quite near. How terrible shall be the end of those who do not accept the invitation of the Lord Jesus while there is yet time. Come to the Saviour today. “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). —E. MacLelland

And oh, what a weeping and wailing As the lost were told of their
fate; They cried for the rocks and the mountains, They prayed, but
their prayer was too late! —Bert Shadduck