Thursday, May 24, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 2:1-37; Eccl. 2:12-3:15; Luke 6:20-49

The inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Cor. 4:16, NKJV

Wrinkles and age spots increase as we get older; aches and fatigue are the norm. Our cabinet shelves are often replete with pills, creams, and other cosmetic solutions. Paul writes here about developing the right perspective on the things that really matter. In this verse, the emphasis is on things internal, not things external. Renewal is a daily event; “day by day.” It’s not what is inside that counts; rather, it is who is inside that counts. While we recognize that our outward self is failing, we can rejoice that the inward is flourishing. —N. C. Funston

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness,
So our faces display Your likeness;
Ever changing from glory to glory;
Mirrored here, may our lives tell Your story. —Graham Kendrick

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 1:1-46; Eccl. 1:1-2:11; Luke 6:1-19

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

In this lovely Song of the Redeemed, we have a promise of something wonderful for our lives—peace. “Shalom,” or peace, is a beautiful word suggesting God’s favour upon us. But “perfect peace” is literally, “peace, peace,” meaning that His peace is multiplied to its fullest measure. This is a peace that is available, but it is conditional to those “whose mind is stayed (or fixed) on You” (NKJV). This is a choice which will result in a double portion of God’s peace even in the midst of the tragic times of life. Rest in His peace! —Jim Comte

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest;
Finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest. —Frances Ridley Havergal

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 35:9-36:13; Proverbs 31:1-31; Luke 5:17-39

Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Hebrews 12:28

In days gone by it was the responsibility of the senior servants of an aristocratic household to ensure that the actions of all the servants was in keeping with the dignity and good reputation of the household. Man often honours man, his equal. How much more should we seek to honour the King of Kings in our daily conduct. In our speech, dress, and behaviour we must honour and glorify Him at all times. —Mary Robins

He is Lord, He is Lord,
He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord,
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess,
That Jesus Christ is Lord. —Author Unknown

Monday, May 21, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 34:1-35:8; Proverbs 30:1-33; Luke 5:1-16

And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord. Judges 4:1 

When reading through Judges recently, the little word “again” struck me. Isn’t it sad that God’s earthly people went through a cycle of rebellion, chastisement, and restoration only to rebel again. But before we get too smug, remember, in many ways we are no different! Believers are prone to wander from God. But thankfully His grace ever pursues to restore us back to Himself. If you have fallen, dear child of God remember, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). —Sid Halsband

Though we’ve strayed, like saints of old, grace has restored us to the fold,
Thus saved by grace, we’ll gladly sing, till all the earth and heavens ring. —Author Unknown 

Lord’s Day, May 20, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 33:1-56; Proverbs 29:1-27; Luke 4:16-44

He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. Psalm 40:3

For the believer that new song is outlined in Revelation chapter five. “Thou art worthy…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us…and hast made us…kings and priests” (vv. 9-10). That new song will be the same refrain Moses and Miriam taught Israel after their deliverance from Pharaoh’s bondage in Egypt: the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb (Rev. 15:3). If you have been redeemed you are to say so in word and song (Ps. 107:2). Let your joy be seen and heard. —W. H. G.

I think of my blessed Redeemer, I think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent; His love is the theme of my song. —Fanny J. Crosby

Saturday, May 19, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 32:1-42; Proverbs 28:1-28; Luke 4:1-15

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself… Daniel 1:8

Four tactics were used to try and corrupt Daniel. First, the devil wanted his natural abilities for his own purposes. Second, the devil desired to control his speech; he did not want him speaking Hebrew, the language of the Bible. Third, he wanted him to compromise God’s dietary restrictions and indulge in the world’s fare. Fourth, he tried to strip him of his identity by giving him a pagan name. Satan uses similar tactics today to conform Christians to his values. Let us use our talents and tongues to praise God, consecrate our bodies to Him, and never forget who we are in Christ! —W. A. H.

Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone;
Dare to have a purpose firm! Dare to make it known!—P. Bliss

Friday, May 18, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 30:1-31; Proverbs 26:13-27:27; Luke 3:1-38

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, has everlasting life. John 5:24 

Both texts are quotes from Jesus Christ. Both are concerning a most important subject, everlasting life. Two of the most powerful words at first could be overlooked. They are “have” and “has.” We don’t hope for eternal life or expect to have it someday. It is ours here and now when we believe. Most of what we have can be taken from us but not our eternal life. Praise God. —Ken Gross

Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed, His child and forever I am. —Fanny J. Crosby

Thursday, May 17, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 29:1-40; Proverbs 25:1-26:12; Luke 2:22-52

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:14

Believers are God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). He sacrificed Himself to purchase us from bondage fruit of the Spirit’s work in us (Gal. 5:22-25), and a life of benevolent
service is the fulfilment of God’s will for His children. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). —K. R. Keyser

Reward,—not like the deed, that poor weak deed of thine;
But like the God Himself who gives, eternal and divine. —Horatius Bonar

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 28:1-31; Proverbs 24:1-34; Luke 2:1-21

There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. Isaiah 57:21
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace. Job 22:21
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. John 14:27

In an effort to find peace, mankind resorts to all sorts of religious practices or pursues a multitude of passing pleasures. But God has told us there is no peace for the wicked. However God also tells us that if we get to know Him, we will find peace. The only way you can find that peace which will carry you through life and on into eternity is by believing Christ died for your sins, repenting of your sin and by faith, receiving Christ into your heart. —David Croudace

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know and He is on the throne. —Edward H. Bickersteth

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Num. 26:52-27:23; Prov. 23:12-35; Luke 1:57-80

And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. John 10:41
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. John 2:11

Few at the marriage knew what Jesus had done. Turning water into wine was mainly for His disciples benefit. Life transitions generate doubts. Is this the right thing? Will it all turn out well? These former disciples of John, now choosing to follow Jesus, were undoubtedly struggling with similar emotions. Our Lord affirmed their new path with a miracle that John had never done. Are you struggling with doubt? He will confirm your soul too. Wait on Him. —S. McEachern

“Ask in faith,” God waits to answer, each petition, Spirit-wrought;
He will work in wondrous power, far beyond your highest thought. —Author Unknown