Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Genesis 43:1-34; Psalms 20:1-21:13; Matthew 25:1-30

The Lord Himself… 1 Thessalonians 4:16, NKJV

Discouraged Christian, here’s a word that should gladden your heart: “Himself”. In a coming day, He will not send Gabriel or even the armies of heaven to take us home. No, the Lord reserves this special work for “Himself”. In the past: It was “by Himself” (Heb. 1:3) that He purged our sins. Presently: It is the Lord “Himself” who draws near to the brokenhearted (Luke 24:15). In the future, the Lord “Himself” will return to take His children home (1 Thess. 4:16-17). Our past, present and future are all in the capable hands of the One who never fails: The Lord “Himself”. —Brian Cretney

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow’r. —L. Sandell

February 5

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 43; Psalms 20:1-21:13; Matt. 25:1-30

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life. John 5:24, KJV

The “everlasting life” spoken of in our text refers to life that is rich, real, radiant, and running over. Note, this life is a present and eternal possession as conveyed by the word “hath.” When Charles H. Spurgeon preached on John 5:24, he shut his fist up tight as he pronounced the word “hath” and said, “H-A-T-H spells got it, and I’ve got it!” Have you by faith laid hold of everlasting life? —W. Ross Rainey

Though all unworthy, yet I will not doubt,
For him that cometh, He will not cast out;
“He that believeth,” O, the good news shout,
“Hath everlasting life!” —James McGranahan