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

February 4

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 41:50-42:38; Psalm 19:1-14; Matt. 24:29-51

The Lord is my shepherd… Psalm 23:1, KJV

Who can be your shepherd? Take care of you through life? Who can give you rest and peace? Who can restore your soul? Who can lead you on the right path, or carry you if need be? And who can take you through the valley of the shadow of death? Only the Lord Jesus Christ. Friend, don’t go through life without Him, and don’t leave this world without Him, if you know what’s good for you. Repent and trust Him today. Then He will lead you and goodness and mercy will follow you, now and forever. —Carl Knott

My soul He doth restore again, And me to walk doth make,
Within the paths of righteousness, E’en for His own name’s sake.
—The Lord is My Shepherd, based on Psalm 23

February 3

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 41:1-49; Psalm 18:30-50; Matt. 24:1-28

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep…And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. John 10:11, 28, NKJV

The Lord Jesus is both the Good Shepherd and the Giving Shepherd. In His goodness and His giving, He surpasses all others. Two aspects of His giving stir our hearts. First, He gave His life for us. We think of Calvary and its sin-atoning sacrifice. Secondly, He imparts to each repenting, trusting soul the gift of “eternal life” (see Romans 6:23). Accept it today, and be assured that you shall “never perish“. —George Hall

The King of love my Shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His, and He is mine for ever. —Henry W. Baker

February 2

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 40; Psalm 18:1-29; Matt. 23

You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

In the genealogy of the Lord Jesus, there are three outstanding leaders. Abraham led the way out of idolatry. David brought his people into supremacy over the nations. Zorobabel led his people out of Babylonian captivity. But neither Abraham nor David nor Zorobabel could save his people from their sins. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, KJV). The Lord Jesus can save you today. —Neil Dougal

Jesus is calling the weary to rest— Calling today, calling today;
Bring Him thy burden and thou shalt be blest, He will not turn
thee away. —Fanny J. Crosby

February 1

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 39; Psalm 17:1-15; Matt. 22:15-46

The Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20, NKJV

For days a battle raged on the slopes of Triangle Hill, Korea. When brave American troops retook their position of the previous day, they found the cold, still body of their major. With tear-moistened eyes, a young infantryman was heard to say, “He didn’t belong on this hill; he didn’t have to be here; but he was here just the same.” The Lord Jesus didn’t belong on Calvary’s hill, and He didn’t have to be there. He was there in love for you and me. As a repentant sinner, believe this soulsaving truth and be assured of heaven. —Arnot P. McIntee

I do believe, I will believe that Jesus died for me!
That on the cross He shed His blood from sin to set me free.
—William Cowper

January 31

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 38; Psalms 15:1-16:11; Matt. 21:33-22:14

Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22, NKJV

Years ago, on a snowy winter Sunday morning in England, a young boy took his mother’s advice and went to a Primitive Methodist Chapel. Because of the weather, the minister hadn’t shown up. A “layman” from the little congregation took his place and expounded repeatedly on the above verse. Addressing the visitor he said: “Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! You have nothing to do but to look and live.” Charles Spurgeon looked and was saved. —E. MacLelland

Life is offered unto you, Hallelujah! Eternal life your soul shall have,
If you only look to Him, Hallelujah! Look to Jesus who alone can save.
—William A. Ogden

January 30

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 37; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matt. 21:1-32

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever…To him who made the great lights…the moon and stars to rule over the night. Psalm 136:1, 7, 9 

In a comic strip, a boy stares into the starry night sky and proclaims, “I’m significant! Screamed the dust speck.” The irony brings a smile, but for the child of God it stirs our hearts. Certainly when contrasted with the vastness of the universe, we seem insignificant; yet God knows us, and loves us! In fact, the Creator of the universe knows our thoughts before we think them, our words before we speak them, and our actions before we do them. Even greater, He calls us friends and has laid down His life for us. —Jaby Jacob

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
—Joseph Scriven

January 29

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 36; Psalms 9:1-10:18; Matt. 20:17-34

Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24

George Kirk was a believer who valued, “Real Life Insurance.” He prayed, “You have given me true insurance that is payable when I leave this life by death. I may purchase insurance on my physical life, but only You could purchase, and totally pay for, insurance that has an eternal guarantee. May I, as a steward, be a good insurance salesman of the greatest offer ever made to all mankind. It costs the beneficiary absolutely nothing and gives absolutely everything.” Do you have that insurance? —Anon.

We’ve a story to tell to the nations that shall turn their hearts to
the right, A story of truth and sweetness, a story of peace and light.
—Colin Stern

January 28

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 35; Psalms 7:1-8:9; Matt. 19:16-20:16

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him? Psalm 8:3-4

If it cost a penny to travel a thousand miles, a cruise to the moon would be only $2.38. But if you wanted to go to the sun, the one-way ticket would cost $930. And a trip to the nearest star would be, hold onto your hat—$260 million. Yet a place in the very heart of the One who made this vast universe is free, based on the priceless sacrifice of Christ. Have you reserved your place? —William MacDonald

Wonder of wonders! Vast surprise! Can bigger wonder be?
That He who built the starry skies Once bled and died for me.
—Author Unknown

January 27

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 33:18-34:31; Psalms 4:1-6:10; Matt. 19:1-15

The wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23, KJV
They found in him no guilt worthy of death. Acts 13:28
Christ died for our sins. 1 Corinthians 15:3, KJV

It has been pointed out by G. Campbell Morgan that when the Lord Jesus, the sinless Substitute, died on the cross, there was no cause in Him to die. Therefore He created in the universe an infinite credit value He did not need for Himself, upon which every sinner may draw. All the value of that death becomes available to any who will by faith appropriate it, and, receiving Christ and His finished work, such a sinner will pass from spiritual death unto life eternal. Have you ever received Him? —J. B. Nicholson

Thine is the joy, but yet ’tis mine. ‘Tis ours as one with Thee;
My joy flows from that grief of Thine; Thy death brings life to me.
—Author Unknown