Friday, May 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 22:1-38; Proverbs 19:1-29; James 3:1-4:12

Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man. Acts 11:23-24

Very few men are designated “good” in the Holy Scriptures. The one referred to here is Barnabas who had come to the large city of Antioch to check reports of remarkable gospel blessing. We are challenged as
we reflect upon how the “good man” reacted to what he witnessed; there was neither acrimony nor jealousy. He clearly saw evidence of God’s grace and was glad! Without hesitation, he would urge them to, “Cleave to the Lord” (Josh. 23:8). Does goodness of such caliber mark us? —George Hall

Can we whose souls are lighted, with wisdom from on high,
Can we to men benighted, the lamp of life deny? —Reginald Heber

May 11

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 22:1-38; Proverbs 19:1-29; James 3:1-4:12

But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:20-21 

The Bible is a book that tells us first the bad news, then the good news. It is good news for bad people. The verses above describe the world in which we live. There are fears on every side and there is no rest for wicked people. However, there is rest offered for believers in Christ. The good news is, Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). We do not know what tomorrow brings, but we can always know we can rest in Him. Is your rest in Him? —Harold G. Smith

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