May 2

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 12:1-13:33; Proverbs 10:1-32; 1 Peter 2:1-25

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. Genesis 6:5-6

These two verses take us to the heart of the matter. Man’s heart and God’s heart. What is the matter with man’s heart? It is the chronic condition called sin—every imagination of its thoughts is only evil continually. At this the Lord was grieved in His heart and moved to stop man’s violence, resulting in the flood. Ultimately the Father sent the Son of His heart into this world to pay the penalty of our sin. —Rex Trogdon

O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee, near to the heart of God. —C. B. McAfee

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 12:1-13:33; Proverbs 10:1-32; 1 Peter 2:1-25

Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25, NKJV

This is the last verse of the book of Judges. It is the sad theme of the whole book; even more sadly, it is the dismal commentary on the whole human race. But it doesn’t have to be the story of the redeemed soul. Let it rather be said of you and of your church, “Everyone did what was right in the Lord’s eyes.” This is the path of redemption, this is the goal of our sanctification and this is the glory of God—to do what is right in the Lord’s eyes. When your life is all said and done, will this be your eulogy? —Shane Johnson

Jesus, all for Jesus;
All I am and have and ever hope to be;
All of my ambitions, hopes and plans,
I surrender these into your hands. —Robin Mark