Saturday, June 30, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 13:1-33; Isaiah 9:8-10:4; Luke 24:36-53

Thou shalt meditate therein day and night. Joshua 1:8
In his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:2
My meditation of him shall be sweet. Psalm 104:34

With today’s complex lifestyles there certainly are a lot of things to think about. But what comes to mind in the quiet moments—the brief lulls that occur in our daily schedules? If we would pause to think of Him, what a difference that would make in our disposition and outlook. “Let…the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight” (Ps. 19:14). —W. H. G.

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin. —Stuart K. Hine

June 30

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 13:1-33; Isaiah 9:8-10:4; Luke 24:36-53

Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here…” John 7:6

The Lord declared that His time had not yet come to accomplish the work of salvation. Eventually it would come, but only according to God’s perfect timing—not before and not after. In contrast, their time was always ready as it is with anyone outside the household of faith. What it takes to make peace in a person’s life is unknown to us (Luke 19:42). But one thing is sure, dear friend, your time is always ready to come to the Saviour since you do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). Why not settle the issue and come to Him today? —Mark Kolchin

“All things are ready,” come to the feast! Come, for the door is open
wide; A place of honour is reserved, for you at the Master’s side.
—C. Gabriel

Friday, June 29, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35

I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. Psalm 9:1-2

What a positive song of praise this psalm is! David had many highs and lows in his life and yet he could speak with such enthusiasm about his God. We can take comfort in this as we experience difficult times too. To know God sees our every circumstance is a marvelous thing. This enables us to go on our way rejoicing in spite of adverse things around us. —G. Frear

I will praise You Lord, with all my heart,
I’ll show Your work and how great You art;
Then You’ll arise, and right will prevail,
I’ll sing Your praise, for You will not fail. —G. F.

June 29

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35

For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

As an emergency room physician, I saw patients soon after they were injured. “What happened?” I would ask. Commonly they responded: “Well, it was so stupid, I was just…” In other words, they knew better, but did not take the time or care to prevent an injury. How tragic and terrible would it be for one who knew Christ died for their sins, and who knew that accepting Him as Saviour and Lord would mean eternal life; how tragic indeed for such a one to be cast into the lake of fire. Forever. —David Logan

Come to the Saviour, make no delay;
Here in His Word, He’s shown us the way. —George F. Root

June 28

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 10:1-43; Isaiah 7:1-8:4; Luke 23:47-24:12

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, NKJV

On September 25, 2008, father of three, Austin Hemmings of Auckland New Zealand was fatally stabbed after going to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted. Austin, a Christian, stepped in to save the life of a stranger and, in doing so, gave his own life. In a vastly greater way that’s what Jesus did! He sacrificed His life for the whole world. When we were unable to help ourselves, Jesus died in our place so that we might live. Have you received Him as your Saviour. Have you thanked Him for taking your place? —J. Fleming

The death He died was mine, His suffering was for me,
The life I live today is His and I’m forever free. —J. F.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 10:1-43; Isaiah 7:1-8:4; Luke 23:47-24:12

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. Psalm 62:1

Our world is filled with “noise and haste,” with faster, bigger, further, and more. The Lover of our souls, however, invites us to linger to listen, to ruminate at leisure, tasting His words of life, dallying over choice
words, in silence hearing God’s thoughts clearly—and the world’s lies accurately. The Psalmist can hear “the footsteps of coming deliverance” (Spurgeon) because he has learned to be silent, preferring God’s words
and thoughts to his own. Tarry long today; be loath to leave; relish His presence; hear His footsteps. —M. MacMullen

Listen to the music of nature, floating from the birds in the sky,
Singing the song of their Maker, Lifting His praises on high. —Ron Hamilton

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 9:1-27; Isaiah 6:1-13; Luke 23:13-46

I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. Mark 8:12

The Pharisees had demanded that Jesus perform a miraculous sign, but they gave no assurance that if He did such a thing that they would believe on Him. The Lord categorically refused. He was not a sensationalist and would not entertain people like children in a theatre! He would not perform wonders to satisfy the curiosity of people. The reality is that the Gospel message brings salvation and not the momentary wonder of a miracle. The need today is for the message to be heard and received by faith, not a craving after miraculous happenings. —Paul Young

It tells me of a Saviour’s love, who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea. —F. Whitfield

June 27

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 9:1-27; Isaiah 6:1-13; Luke 23:13-46

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

The garden of Eden, was God’s ideal earthly home for man. There he enjoyed the fruit of God’s provision, and was blessed with His fellowship. Alas, man rebelled against his Creator. But there was another garden, Gethsemane, where our Lord did not act on His own will as Adam had, but bowed to the will of His Father and went to the cross to save us from the wreckage of that first sin. By faith in Him, God’s heavenly home is opened. Do you believe? —Milton Haack

For me it was in the garden, He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs, but sweat drops of blood for mine.
O how marvelous! O how wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!
—Charles Hutchinson Gabriel

June 26

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 8:1-35; Isaiah 5:1-30; Luke 22:54-23:12

For I am the Lord who heals you. Exodus 15:26b, NKJV

The word “abracadabra” was used in ancient days as a magic formula to heal sickness. To experience healing, the name had to be written in a special way on parchment and worn around the neck. Today, there are many “abracadabras” that promise that souls can be healed by good works. However, only by faith in Jesus’ death can we be delivered from our sins. How sad to see multitudes trusting in false cures, when the Scriptures tell us about the Lord Jesus who came to heal. —R. Surgenor

For Jesus shed His precious blood, rich blessings to bestow; Plunge
now into the crimson flood, that washes white as snow. Only trust
Him! Only trust Him! Only trust Him now! He will save you! He
will save you! He will save you now! —J. M. Sammis

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 8:1-35; Isaiah 5:1-30; Luke 22:54-23:12

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12

Christians often condone so called “innocent practices,” claiming, “There’s nothing wrong with it.” The question should be, “Is it profitable, promoting spiritual growth?” When given priority in our lives, these “things” have the potential to become “weights,” ensnaring us and distancing us from the Lord. “Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves” (Rom. 14:22, NKJV). —E. V.

Nothing between, like worldly pleasure,
Habits of life though harmless they seem;
Must not from Him my heart e’er sever,
He is my all there’s nothing between. —Charles A. Tindley