DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 18:1-37; Jeremiah 51:25-64; 1 Timothy 2:1-15
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1
This verse often comes to mind as one reads through the book of Esther. Though the name of God is not found written in this book, one can clearly see God’s hand intervening in a remarkable way to the salvation of His people. He has not changed today! He is still able to arrange circumstances so that a precious, lost soul may be challenged by the gospel—through a tract, a message or a text—after all, “with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). — Pete Smith
Leave to His sovereign sway,
To choose and to command;
So shalt thou, wondering, own His way,
How wise, how strong His hand. —Paul Gerhardt
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 17:1-41; Jeremiah 51:1-24; 1 Timothy 1:1-20
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Mark 4:41
He is a Man who could feed the thousands with a few loaves of bread and two small fishes. A Man who could make the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak, the blind to see and the lame to walk. A Man who could heal the leper and even raise the dead. A Man who could walk on water and speak to the sea and there would be a great calm. Well might we echo the words of the disciples on the lake. “What manner of man is this?” —John M. Clegg
What manner of a man is this, who died upon a tree?
What matter of a man is this, who set the captives free? —K. Boothe
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 15:32-16:20; Jeremiah 50:21-46; Titus 2:9-3:15
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
He was born without a right hand and so had been abandoned as a newborn. For years, he was rejected by prospective families, until one day a couple appeared, insistent that they adopt him. It was a perfect fit, because the patriarch of this family was also born without a right hand. In his new grandfather, the little boy found someone who perfectly understood his challenges and fears. Dear friend, please know that whatever trial you are going through right now, Jesus understands. —Lynn Shatford
Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer. —J. Scriven
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 14:23-15:31; Jeremiah 50:1-20; Titus 1:1- 2:8
For the love of Christ constraineth us. 2 Corinthians 5:14
A missionary nurse in Asia bent down to bandage and anoint with salve a leper’s wound. An American tourist with a camera was taking pictures and said, “I wouldn’t touch that guy for a million dollars.” The missionary nurse replied, “I wouldn’t either, but the love of Christ constrains me.” Is Christ’s love the compelling force it should be in your life and mine? —W. Ross Rainey
The love that Jesus had for me
Is more than tongue can tell.
Oh, may that love continually be
A constraining power to serve Him well. —W. R. R.
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 13:1-14:22; Jeremiah 49:1-39; Hebrews 13:7-25
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. Jeremiah 51:15
From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures teach that God is the Creator. This principle has been totally abandoned by academia so that our youth are taught the theory of evolution. If we refuse to accept Him as Creator, then we will refuse Him as Redeemer. He is both our Creator and Redeemer. Praise God! —W. H. G.
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in.
Then sings my soul, How great Thou art! —Carl Boberg
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 11:1-12:21; Jeremiah 48:1-47; Hebrews 12:18-13:6
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13
What good news this is! As sinners, we are guilty before God, and under His condemnation. Yet, His grace is reaching out to us, offering us a complete pardon. We must not think that this offer indicates that God has lowered His standards regarding our guiltiness. The gospel proclaims that the bestowing of mercy on the guilty is entirely consistent with God’s righteous character. The out-flow of mercy to us is the result of the perfect work of Christ who “died for our sins” (1 Cor. 15:3). Today, turn from sin, and trust the Saviour. —George Hall
Mercy there was great and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary. —W. R. Newell
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 10:1-36; Jeremiah 45:1-47:7; Hebrews 12:1-17
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
When Corrie Ten Boom was young she learned something that she never forgot. Her heart was heavy with difficult questions and so she asked her father for answers. In response, he asked her to carry his suitcase for him. The bag was too heavy. Corrie could not even lift it. “It is the same with knowledge,” he told her, “For now, you must trust me to carry it for you.” This lesson she carried with her into adulthood. Any atrocity she could not understand at the concentration camp, she entrusted to her loving Father to carry. —Shane Johnson
When your soul is almost sinking in despair,
Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal—
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. —C. Tindley
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 9:1-37; Jeremiah 44:1-30; Hebrews 11:17-40
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Jeremiah 18:4
Consider Abraham, faithless, but he became the “father of the faithful”. Moses slew an Egyptian in his anger, but became the meekest man on the face of the earth. David was lustful, but became a man after God’s own heart. Peter denied his Lord but was used of God later when 3,000 souls were saved (Acts 2:41). God is working in us to make us like His Son. May we let Him do His good work day by day. —E. Bennett MacLelland
Make me and mold me after Thine will,
While I am waiting patient and still. —Adelaide Pollard
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 8:1-29; Jeremiah 42:7-43:13; Hebrews 11:1-16
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Mark 8:34
It is interesting that the Lord Jesus Christ encourages His followers to “take up [their] cross”. Why not take up our “burden”, or our “load”? He chose the word “cross” so we might identify with and enter into His work. What a privilege. He always knew He would go to the cross. He took upon His sinless self the penalty for sin that was due us because He loves us, (Gal. 2:20). At the cross the work was once and forever done. May we bear ours faithfully. —A. Baal
The cross! the cross! the blood-stained cross!
The cross of Christ I see.
It tells me of that precious blood
That once was shed for me. —J. H. Stockton
DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 6:24-7:20; Jer. 41:1-42:6; Heb. 10:19-39
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:6
All the angels of God worship Him yet they are not beneficiaries of His finished work, nor do they know what it is to be lost, loved and redeemed. How much more should we, who have the knowledge of sins forgiven and peace with God; who have the Lord Jesus as our Redeemer and Saviour; who fear no condemnation; who have a glorious future; be a praising and worshipping people? I wonder if the angels look down from heaven and wonder why we don’t praise Him more? —Dan Coulson
To Christ the Lord, let every tongue its noblest tribute bring:
Himself the subject of our song, what joy it is to sing! —S Stennett