Leviticus 17:1-18:30; Psalm 119:145-176; Mark 6:30-56
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. Psalm 18:30
When circumstances are beyond our control, we are to remember that God’s ways are always perfect. We are not told that we will understand what is happening, but we are told that we are to trust and He will be our shield and preserve us. We see a young widow stand by her husband’s grave, or a busy wife engrossed in the Lord’s work and taken, and we wonder why. But, God’s way is perfect, beyond our comprehension. —G. Frear
Your way is perfect, Your Word is tried,
In You our Rock, we always hide;
You keep us from the forces ’round,
Your peace encircles and surrounds. —G. F.
Leviticus 16:1-34; Psalm 119:113-144:15; Mark 6:1-29
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend…thou art snared with the words of thy mouth. Proverbs 6:1-2
Think before you speak. God expects the words of our mouth to be true and acted upon as stated. Flippant or meaningless statements have no place in the Christian life. When God says something He means it, He fulfills it, and He expects us to look for its fulfillment. Likewise our words should be true. —D. Pickup
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. —Psalm 19:14
Leviticus 15:1-33; Psalm 119:73-112; Mark 5:21-43
Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:46-47, NKJV
Bartimaeus was told to be quiet, but he continued to call out to the Lord Jesus, the only One who could heal him. The Lord beckoned those nearby to call the blind man, which they did, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you” (v. 49, nkjv). Wherever there is a seeking sinner there will be a seeking Saviour, and those near to Christ have the joy of urging those being called to come and see. —W. A. H.
Oh! that all the blind but knew Him, and would be advised by me!
Surely would they hasten to Him, He would cause them all to see. —J. Newton
Leviticus 14:33-57; Psalm 119:41-72; Mark 5:1-20
Widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats…which Dorcas made…he…presented her alive. Acts 9:39, 41
Dorcas means gazelle. In Hebrew, “gazelle” carries the idea of beauty and glory. Was Dorcas an attractive woman? Physically we are not told. But from a divine perspective she was gloriously beautiful. A heart committed to the welfare of others, particularly the disenfranchised, makes a person truly beautiful. What a precious gift was given to beautiful Dorcas. She was raised from the dead and shown the fruit of her labours—the smiling, tear stained faces of those she had blessed with her kindnesses, their hands literally full of her good works for them. When we are raised, what will we see? Will there be beauty then? —S. McEachern
In the quietness she waited, lines in her face, her hands rough and worn;
Marks of beauty unfading; sacrifice, faithfully borne for her Lord.—S. M.
Leviticus 14:1-32; Psalm 119:1-40; Mark 4:21-41
And they crucified him. Matthew 27:35
Consider afresh the cross-work of Christ today. The sin that needed it! The love that ordained it! The malice that wrought it! The patience that endured it! All are beyond our utmost thoughts. —Pete Smith
Oh, teach me what it meaneth
That cross uplifted high,
With One—the Man of sorrows;
Condemned to bleed and die! —Lucy Ann Bennett
Leviticus 13:24-59; Psalm 118:1-29; Mark 4:1-20
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. John 6:68
Simon Peter answered his own question, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”. He knew there was nowhere else to turn and no one else to go to for the words of eternal life. Jesus is the only source. He is the eternal Word, which was in the beginning with God and was God (John 1:1-3). He is the incarnate Word that became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). He is the final Word, after all that God had spoken in various times and ways when He spoke “by his Son” (Heb. 1:1-3). Jesus is the living Word we can read about in written form every day. —Rex Trogdon
Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life. —Philip P. Bliss
Leviticus 12:1-13:23; Psalms 116:1-117:2; Mark 3:13-35
The gift by grace…by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. Romans 5:15
One person by God’s grace can make a great difference to the world. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Gen. 6:8) and he saved his family from the flood and populated the earth. Moses had God with him and he delivered His people out of Egypt (Ex. 3:12). Joshua was promised God’s presence and he led God’s people into the promised land (Josh. 1:5). With God with you, go forward in His grace today. —K. C. Ung
If you dwell beneath the shelter, of the Lord your God Most High,
You will rest within the shadow of Almighty El Shaddai.
He’ll deliver you from all your foes,
As you raise up the cry, “My God, in whom I trust”! —S. H. Peterson
Leviticus 11:1-47; Psalms 113:1-115:18; Mark 2:23-3:12
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I had been feeling sorry for myself, having hurt my arm and hand in a sporting accident. As I watched the new boy begin writing the answers on his Sunday School lesson sheet he seemed to be having difficulty in writing. It was then that I noticed his hands. This little child’s hands were badly deformed. Suddenly I was able to appreciate the blessings that God has showered upon me through the years. —Janet Fleming
Thank God for every blessing He brings to me today
For food, for health, for safety, for joys upon life’s way.
But greatest of all blessings would surely have to be,
That Jesus came from heaven, to die for you and me. —Janet Fleming
Leviticus 10:1-20; Psalms 111:1-112:10; Mark 2:1-22
Men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Luke 18:1 Because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her. Luke 18:5
The widow’s story is well known. Yet the Lord uses her plight to enforce an important principle. Perseverance in prayer. Years ago, in Cuba, a young beggar child came up and gently tapped my arm. I ignored him. He was tenacious; trying another five times, until I gave him some change. He won! You may smile, but listen to Jacob. “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Gen. 32:26). “Let us be not weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9). —Vernon Markle
Just keep on praying, ’till light breaks through.
The Lord will answer, will answer you,
God keeps His promises, His word is true,
Just keep on praying, ’til light breaks through. —Chalvar A. Gabriel
Leviticus 9:1-24; Psalms 109:1-110; Mark 1:21-45
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18, NKJV
John M. Moore, the writer of the beloved hymn “Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary”, includes these words in the hymn, “Jesus is very near”. The Scriptures talk of the benefits of being near to Christ—even in hard situations. Peter, after he denied knowing Jesus, looked upon the Lord and wept. The repentant thief on the cross, facing his imminent death, was close enough to ask the Lord to remember him when He came into His kingdom. In both cases the Lord forgave them and loved them. Is your heart aching? Does your situation seem hopeless? Dear friend, Jesus is very near. —Bob Cretney
Troubled soul, the Saviour can feel, every heartache and tear.
Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Jesus is very near. —John M. Moore