Thursday, May 25, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 3:1-29; Eccl. 3:16-4:16; Luke 7:1-29

Blessed is he that readeth…the words of this prophecy. Revelation 1:3

John writes that there is a blessing to those who read aloud the words in this book. There may be many blessings resulting from that reading, but surely foremost must be the blessing of loving His appearing, of looking for and longing for Christ’s return. Let us stir up our hearts by a frequent reading of this wonderful revelation of the Lamb—victorious, prevailing, conquering, worthy. And for those who heed John’s words and love His appearing, there is the promise of the crown of righteousness to be awarded by the Lord. Take up and read. —M. MacMullen

O Lord Jesus how long, how long ere we shout the glad song?
Christ returneth, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen! —H. L. Turner

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

We will not have this man to reign over us. Luke 19:14

This is the world’s attitude toward Christ. Doing His will is the farthest thing from their mind. One day they will have a man reign over them, but it will be the devil’s man, the beast. The believer who is faithful to
Christ will suffer the same reproach and rejection as their Saviour. He cannot enter the world’s politics or society except by distancing himself from Christ. We who love the Lord declare the opposite: “We will have
this Man to reign over us,” and we pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). —Carl Knott

King of kings forever and ever;
And Lord of lords, hallelujah, hallelujah!
And He shall reign forever and ever. —Georg Friedrich Händel

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Nehemiah 2:2
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. Proverbs 15:13
A time to weep, and a time to laugh. Ecclesiastes 3:4

Certainly in the life of the believer there will be heart rending issues that will cause tears to flow and sorrow that will be reflected in our countenance. But “joy cometh in the morning” (Ps. 30:5) and we are able
to smile and rejoice in our Saviour’s provision. Even in our sorrows we know He is near and cares for us. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). —W. H. G.

Rejoice and be glad! For our Lord is on high;
He pleadeth for us on His throne in the sky! —Horatius Bonar

Monday, May 22, 2017

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

And his voice as the sound of many waters. Revelation 1:15

I recently parked by the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia as a hurricane was passing by only a few kilometers off shore. The noise of the wind and waves pummeling the shoreline was deafening and any sound I could make with my voice or car horn was inaudible by comparison. No excuse or objection will be heard in that day when He comes to rule in His glory; no matter how vehement or persistent. He speaks, and the entire universe listens in silent awe. —Rick Morse
Thy voice like great waters, how calmly our soul,
Shall hear in the glory its deep waters roll;
Though now it rebukes and humbles our pride,
It shall speak only love to Thy glorified bride. —E. Grimley

Lord’s Day, May 21, 2017

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

And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” Luke 23:35 (NKJV)

He is the Christ, the chosen of God. If He had “saved Himself,” we would not have the precious gift of our salvation in Him. His sacrifice ensures we have forgiveness of our sins and guarantees our eternal life. He did not save Himself, because He was saving us. —A. Baal

At the cross, at the cross, I surrender my life.
I’m in awe of You, I’m in awe of You;
Where Your love ran red and my sin washed white.
I owe all to You, I owe all to You. —Chris Tomlin

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

His greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:3

The Hubble telescope relayed back its first image of the universe on May 20, 1990. Since then it has been sending back image after image of magnificent and hitherto unseen beauties and wonders. Star clusters,
nebulas, even galaxies have been discovered which for millennia had remained unobserved by human eyes. God’s greatness is like that. The half has not been told. It will take years, centuries, even millennia
to see and appreciate all His greatness has to offer. —Shane Johnson

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder;
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed. —Carl Boberg

Friday, May 19, 2017

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

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart. Deuteronomy 8:2

The above verse is a wonderful example of how God works behind the scenes in the lives of His children, developing Christian character and completing the work His Spirit has begun (Phil. 1:6). As He humbles and tests us, it reveals what is in our hearts, challenging our obedience to Him. As we submit our will to His, He will be free to do His perfect work in our lives for His honour and glory. —E. V.

All the way my Saviour leads me, what have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy, who thro’ life has been my Guide? —Fanny J. Crosby

Thursday, May 18, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 30:1-31:54; Proverbs 26:13-27:27; Luke 3:1-38

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

God’s grace is best when we need it most. It is then we sense our deepest need and turn to Him. Sometimes His answer to our prayer is not what we hoped, but it is always what we need—Grace! The apostle found God’s grace sufficient and empowering. We can too, when we act upon His grace to the point of thanking the Lord for our weaknesses. Then and only then will we know His power. —Rex Trogdon

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.
He’ll carry us, when we can’t carry on! —Steven Curtis Chapman/Jerry Dean Salley Jr.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer (the smith has material for a vessel). Prov. 25:4

We are commanded to keep ourselves pure (1 Tim. 5:22) and to be holy because God Himself is holy (1 Pet. 1:16). We know that we will be blessed if we keep ourselves undefiled (Ps. 119:1). But above all when we are pure and holy, we are useful for our Refiner. May God grant us the will to purge ourselves from dross that we might be sanctified and fit for the Master’s use (2 Tim. 2:21). —D. Pickup

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul;
Each thought and each motive, beneath His control;
Thus led by His Spirit, to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted, for service above. —William Longstaff

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

Safety is of the Lord. Proverbs 21:31

Someone has said, “When nothing is left that is sacred, nothing is safe.” Seeing the moral decay around us we wonder, have we reached that point? The Bible is banned from many public places and prayer too is not allowed. Schools have lockdowns and even worship centres are targeted for crime. While our physical safety may be hazarded, if our souls are anchored in Christ we are sheltered—in the arms of God. Proverbs 18:10 tells us “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” He is our hiding place. Embrace this promise for eternal peace. —E. Dyck

Tho’ the night be dark around me I am safe for He is near;
Never shall my foes confound me, while the Saviour’s voice I hear. —Avis B. Christansen