January 10

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 13-14; Job 16:1-17:16; Matt. 8:1-27

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you Psalm 86:5

What an encouragement this is: the Lord, in His goodness, is not reluctant but ready to forgive. None need despair, however deep his sins are, for He is plenteous in mercy. There are also no restrictions; the offer is unto all that call upon Him. “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved‘” (Romans 10:13). —Reg. L. Jordan

Come away to Jesus, He is willing to forgive;
His love will shine around you every moment that you live.
—E. E. Hewitt

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Genesis 13:1-14:24; Job 16:1-17:16; Matthew 8:1-27

Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Psalm 119:23

Faced with enemy collusion and verbal persecution, David turned to meditation on God’s Word. In this cacophonous world, it is often difficult to hear the Almighty’s voice. This increases our need to daily resort to the Scriptures for spiritual communion. More than just reading them, we must carefully consider them and prayerfully apply them to our lives. What attitudes need to change? Am I obedient to the Lord’s commands? Believers may safely leave the critics and skeptics to the Lord; He will eventually deal with them. Meanwhile, we must diligently contemplate His Word. —Keith Keyser

Help us to confess Thy name, bear with joy Thy cross and shame;
Only seek to follow Thee, Though reproach our portion be.—J. G. Deck