DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Ezekiel 45:1-25; John 20:19-31
I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the Lord. Judges 2:21-22 (NKJV)
Why does the Lord permit His people to be tested? To know if “They will keep the ways of the Lord…or not.” God wants to labour with His people to do the impossible for His glory, but if His people will not work with Him, He has ways of bringing them back to the path that is best for them. The Lord longs to work with us. May we be faithful to work with Him (Mark 16:20). —W. A. H.
If dangers gather round, still keep me calm and fearless;
Help me to bear the cross when life is dark and cheerless. —Johann Heerman