Thursday, August 16, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 25:1-12; Isaiah 63:15-64:12; Romans 7:7-25

I alone am left. 1 Kings 19:10, 14, NKJV

Loneliness in the service of God can be a devastating thing: Jonah was alone, David was alone, Moses was alone. Alone for, or with God is one thing. However, when a servant of God feels alone from God, that is very dangerous. Sometimes the potent blend of loneliness and busyness is deadly. It’s good to be busy for God and alone with God, but when these two qualities mix in an off-balance way, it can be destructive. The key is combining serving with others yet allowing time alone with God. This allows for accountability and companionship. May God help us to find that happy balance. —N. C. Funston

Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blessed Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee. —William Cushing

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 23-24; Isaiah 62:1-63:14; Romans 6:15-7:6

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… Matthew 23:37

Should Christians be concerned with Jerusalem? The fact that this ancient city today still exists and makes headlines testifies to the veracity and authenticity of biblical prophecy. Its rise and fall, predicted in Scriptures, were fulfilled fully and literally, and attested to in history. The final stage is coming, when God will gather all nations to do battle against Jerusalem (Zech. 14:2). Then the Messiah will come to defeat their enemies and establish His reign of peace on earth. At last, Jerusalem will be a city of Peace. How we long and pray for that day. —K. C. Ung

O’er Jerusalem Thou weepest, in compassion, dearest Lord,
Love divine, of love the deepest, O’er Thine erring Israel poured. — Anna B. Hoppe

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 21-22; Isaiah 61:1-11; Romans 6:1-14

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:15
I have surely seen the affliction of my people…and have heard their cry…for I know their sorrows. Exodus 3:7

These human capabilities attributed to our great God are to encourage us to remember that we have a caring God. We can see and hear of needs around us, but never be moved in heart to help. This is not so with our heavenly Father—the one Who cares for His own very deeply. Learn to cast all your care on Him and watch for His deliverance. —Wm. H. Gustafson

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry, everything to Him in prayer. —J. Scriven

Monday, August 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 19:8-20:42; Isaiah 60:1-22; Romans 5:12-21

Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. John 4:16

How do we react when the Lord puts His finger on an item of failure in our lives? It is impossible to reach satisfaction and inner peace until we strive to make right the wrongs we have committed in our lives. Restitution and seeking for forgiveness free the soul. —Ken Gunnell

Only a step to Jesus!
Then why not take it now?
Come, and thy sins confessing,
To Him thy Saviour, bow. — Fanny J. Crosby

Lord’s Day, August 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 18:6-19:7; Isaiah 59:1-21; Romans 4:23-5:11

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Be not still, O God. Psalm 83:1

Over and over, Scripture adjures us to be at rest. Amidst all our circumstances, our sovereign Lord Jesus Christ is on the throne! When I was a teenager I was blessed by the popular Christian phrase, “Let go and let God.” Psalm 46:10 in the NASB reads, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” We can be still because our God is never still. He is always remembering us (Gen. 8:1; Ex. 2:24) and when He does, He acts. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). —Annette Baal

In Jesus I’ve found a sweet rest, from sorrow, from toil, and from care;
In Him I am happy and blest, for He all my burdens doth bear. —L. Riggs

Saturday, August 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 17:32-18:5; Isaiah 58:1-14; Romans 4:1-22

Here am I, send me. Isaiah 6:8

Isaiah was sent to preach and warn wandering Israel. Noah, to build the ark and warn the world of divine displeasure and coming judgment. Moses, to lead Israel out of Egypt. Nehemiah, to rebuild the wall and city. Ezra and others, for the rebuilding of the temple. John the baptist, as Christ’s forerunner, to preach repentance and prepare the way before Him. But only One was sent to save us. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). We will love and praise Him forever for this, and hope you will, too. —Carl Knott

Now none but Christ can satisfy, none other name for me;
There’s love and life and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee. —Emma F. Shuttleworth Bevan

Friday, August 10, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 17:1-31; Isaiah 56:9-57:21; Romans 3:1-31

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52 

One day the Lord will descend to the air and shout, the archangel shall speak, and a trumpet will sound—resurrecting the dead in Christ, glorifying the living saints, He will receive us to Himself, all this occurring in an estimated 1/6 of a billionth of a second. We may be working, studying, or fellowshipping together and suddenly we will be looking in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a powerful motivation to be about His business. One day. Perhaps today. —George Ferrier

It may be, perchance, that the blackness of midnight, Will burst into light
in the blaze of His glory when Jesus receives His own. —H. L. Turner

Thursday, August 9, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 16:1-23; Isaiah 55:1-56:8; Romans 2:1-29

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad (poured out) in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:3-5

How can we glory in our sufferings? By remembering that they lead to perseverance and mold our character. This leads to a longing for our sure hope of being with the Lord. As a result we will not be ashamed but will keep witnessing in spite of opposition. Finally they remind us that God’s love, in whatever trials we may be passing through, is being “poured out” into our hearts. —David Croudace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labours increase. —Annie J. Flint

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 15:1-35; Isaiah 54:1-17; Romans 1:18-32

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25

At the age of 22 she first heard the Gospel, and learned of her sin and God’s hatred of it. She also learned of God’s judgment, promised punishment, and of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The next Sunday she listened to the same message theme of sin, God’s judgment, and punishment. As she did, she impatiently said to herself, “Get to the good part, get to the good part.” When the preacher presented “the good part” that Jesus had died for her, she believed it and was gloriously saved. Today will you believe the message with the “good part” that Jesus died for you? —Arnot P. McIntee

Good news, good news, Christ died for you, good news good news,
If you believe, you’ll live eternally, that’s wonderful, extra good news. —Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 14:1-52; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Romans 1:1-17

But the king shall rejoice in God. Psalm 63:11

It would appear that this psalm was written by David in the wilderness, fleeing from Saul. Nevertheless David refers to himself as king. He, deep down, had the belief that his anointing, described in 1 Samuel 16, would be fulfilled despite his present circumstances. Maybe the Lord has called you to a work but at the moment you are in the valley of despair as the door has not been opened. Remember what God has promised He will fulfill. His delays are not His denials. —Brian Russell

Green pastures are before me,
Which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o’er me,
Where dark the clouds have been. —Anna Waring