May 31

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 10:12-11:32; Song 1:1-2:7; Luke 9:18-36

For thus said the Lord God…“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling, Isaiah 30:15 

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. Isaiah 32:17

The world cannot offer quietness or assurance. Those without Christ run frantically to and fro seeking both because they refuse to accept these gifts from the Saviour. Only where righteousness prevails will quietness and peace be found. If you’re still looking, the key is, “In returning and rest you shall be saved.” Come to Christ and trust Him today! —W. H. Gustafson

I bring my sins to Thee, the sins I cannot count; That all may
cleansed be in Thy once opened fount. —Frances R. Havergal

Thursday, May 31, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 10:12-11:32; Song of Sol. 1:1–2:7; Luke 9:18-36

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. Mic. 7:8

Are you overwhelmed by life’s problems and your current situation? Feeling oppressed by Satan? Wondering if there is any light at the end of your dark tunnel of depression, sorrow or suffering? Be like Micah and confidently rest in the unchanging character of God and His unremitting care for His people. “Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me” (Mic. 7:7). —Pete Smith

Oh grant us light, in grief and pain, to lift our burdened hearts above,
And count the very cross a gain, and bless our Father’s hidden love. —Lawrence Tuttiett

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 9:1-10:11; Eccl. 11:1-12:14; Luke 9:1-17

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

The human mind cannot comprehend that someone could live in this world without sin. Sin came into the world by the first man Adam and everyone to this present day has sin within them. The penalty for sin was death spiritually, physically and eternally. Jesus had no sin for He was born by virgin birth! He led a sinless life and was the spotless Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. He has left us with a choice to accept or reject Him. Receive Him today as your Saviour and He will give you His righteousness and the right to be with Him in eternity. —Jim Paul

There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in.—Cecil F. Alexander

May 30

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 9:1-10:11; Eccl. 11:1-12:14; Luke 9:1-17

The Lord is…patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

God’s judgment is coming. Some may scoff at such a thought. Others are indifferent and live only for the moment. All the while God’s longsuffering continues. Why? Because He is waiting for as many as possible to turn to Him and to repent of their sins. He is waiting for you. But one day, and it could be soon, the door will close. Have you trusted Him? He’s waiting for you, but not for much longer! —L. Richard

What do you hope, dear brother,
To gain by a further delay?
There’s no one to save you but Jesus,
There’s no other way but His way. —G. F. Root

May 29

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 7:12-8:20; Eccl. 9:11-10:20; Luke 8:40-56

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

This chapter starts with a dark description of the lost estate of each one who is outside of Christ. But it ends with God indwelling each one who trusts Christ as Saviour. From start to finish, God’s mercy and love shine forth. Because of His great love toward us, He has saved us. Love is the basis and motivation for everything He has given to us and made us. Thank God for His infinite and unconditional love. —B. Crawford

Hark! the voice of love and mercy, sounds aloud from Calvary;
See, it rends the rocks asunder, shakes the earth, and transforms me.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 7:12-8:20; Eccl. 9:11-10:20; Luke 8:40-56

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face…shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

How do we see ourselves as Christians? Are we hot, lukewarm, or cold? If we are hot we will be going all out for the Lord. If lukewarm, we will be going with the flow in a mediocre state. If we are cold, we will have no interest in spiritual things whatsoever! We need to be utterly honest with ourselves and consider our walk with the Lord. Are we serving the Lord in a way that pleases Him? —Ken Gunnell

Oh, to love and serve Thee better!
From all evil set us free;
Break, Lord, every sinful fetter.
Be each thought conformed to Thee. — C. Newman Hall

May 28

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 6:1-7:11; Eccl. 8:1-9:10; Luke 8:22-39

But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9

God missed His child. That hour of fellowship meant much to Adam, and it meant more to God. How sad it was when that
beautiful fellowship was broken by sin and disobedience. God did not wait till Adam found his way back to His side, but He
hastened in search of him. God knew the answer to the question, “Where are you?” but Adam didn’t understand that he was lost, condemned, and ready to die—just as many today don’t realize it. Still the good Shepherd is seeking lost sheep to bring them home to the eternal fold. Have you come to Him? —Milton Haack

Seeking the lost, yes, kindly entreating, wanderers on the mountain
astray; Come unto Me, His message repeating, words of the Master
speaking today. —Anonymous

Monday, May 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 6:1-7:11; Eccl. 8:1-9:10; Luke 8:22-39

O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me. I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high. Psalm 7:1, 17

Some people seem to be discontented wherever they go. We have to be careful we don’t follow their example. It is up to each of us to cultivate a positive and cheerful outlook and to spread this sentiment to others. We have so many blessings to be thankful for and there is nothing like praising the Lord to lift our spirits! —G. Frear

The mischievous man will tear and rend,
Tis only our God, who can build and mend;
For this we praise our Lord above,
And rest in His amazing love. —G. F.

May 27

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 5:1-33; Ecclesiastes 7:1-29; Luke 8:1-21

To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:4, NKJV

The story is told of a newly saved man who was sitting on the porch reading his Bible. A friend passing by stopped and asked, ”Tom, what are you reading?” “Oh,” said Tom, “I’m reading a legacy, and I’m so happy to see all to which I am an heir.” “Who died?” asked the friend. The young believer replied, “The one who died was my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, and now His inheritance is mine!” —E. MacLelland

Keep the eye single, the head upward lifted;
Watch for the glory of earth’s coming King;
Lo! o’er the mountain tops light is now breaking;
Heirs of the kingdom, rejoice ye and sing. —Lowell Mason

Lord’s Day, May 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 5:1-33; Ecclesiastes 7:1-29; Luke 8:1-21

Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! John 11:36

The Lord Jesus was a Man marked by love. His friend Lazarus had died. At the grave the Jews saw first-hand the love of the Lord as the tears ran down His blessed cheeks. Indeed the Lord loved Lazarus and that same love is extended to you and me. —John M. Clegg

O the deep,deep love of Jesus!
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free,
Rolling as a mighty ocean,
In its fullness over me:
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward,
To my glorious rest above. —S. Trevor Francis