Thursday, May 3, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 14:1-45; Proverbs 11:1-31; 1 Peter 3:1-22

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

The word “refuge” is used a number of times in the Psalms. It generally means to provide shelter and protection from danger and difficulties. We live in a world wrecked by sin—filled with danger around us and brokenness inside us. It is a comfort to know we can go to our God, our refuge, when our world seems to be crumbling. How good is the God we adore! —Bob Cretney

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide, a shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide, a shelter in the time of storm. —Ira Sankey

May 3

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 14:1-45; Proverbs 11:1-31; 1 Peter 3:1-22

God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. Psalm 7:11, NKJV

Most do not like to think of God as ever being angry with sinners. They like to think of Him as an indulgent grandfather. They feel God will overlook their sin and the doors of heaven will welcome them when they die. But God is holy and just; sin must be punished. And this is why Christ came, to bear on the cross the anger and punishment for sin that we all deserved. Have you received Christ as your Lord and Saviour? If you are a believer remember, God still hates sin. Do not think lightly of it. —Donald L. Norbie

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our
song shall rise to Thee; Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity! —R. Heber