Exodus 35:1-35; Psalms 87:1-88:18; Acts 21:1-16
Who art thou, Lord?…I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. Acts 9:5
Who is He? Jesus! And because He is—I don’t have to be anything but submitted to Him! I don’t have to live in a state of panic or worry, anxiety or despair. I may sometimes feel hopeless but I don’t have to live there. “I am Jesus” frees me from carrying my own burdens. It lifts me to joyful thoughts of my eternal destiny, heaven with Him. My friend, are you trying to run the universe yourself or are you looking to Jesus? He was, He is, and He will be forevermore. Let your gaze be on Him today! —Deborah Manera
Christ will always accept the faith that puts their trust in Him. —Andrew Murray
Exodus 34:4-35; Psalms 85:1-86:17; Acts 20:17-38
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15, NKJV
Paul uses the Greek word “anekdiegetos” in this verse, to refer to God’s “indescribable” gift of His sinless Son. This word conveys the idea that the nature of this gift cannot be fully expounded. It is beyond our comprehension! The fact that this Greek word only occurs here in the New Testament is significant. It cannot be compared to any other Scriptural usage. As we contemplate the vast worth of Christ from God’s perspective we are left dumbfounded, but not speechless. Let us praise God for His incomprehensible love! —W. A. H.
‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries,
To sound the depths of love divine! —Charles Wesley
Exodus 33:1-34:3; Psalms 83:1-84:12; Acts 20:1-16
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Acts 2:32
Christ’s resurrection far exceeds the Law’s standard of two or three witnesses. We have the prophetic witness of the Father (Ps. 2:7) and the Son (John 2:19). The stone rolled away and the empty grave both attest to it. The Lord Jesus bore witness by His many post-resurrection appearances and the Holy Spirit has been testifying to it for 2,000 years (John 15:26). The Lord asks us to believe His Word, the apostles’ testimony, and hundreds more (1 Cor. 15:5-6). So let us obey Christ’s command and go and tell “He is risen” (Matt. 28:7, 19-20). —George Ferrier
Go, and search the tomb of Jesus, where the Lord of glory lay;
Jesus is not there, but risen, and has borne our sins away. —R. C. Chapman
Exodus 32:1-35; Psalms 81:1-82:8; Acts 19:21-41
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Some saints never fully enjoy their Christian lives because they cannot really believe that confession brings forgiveness. Sadly, sometimes fellow believers do not help by treating them as second class believers. We all have faults and failings. Let us enjoy the Lord’s forgiveness and help others to do the same. —Brian Russell
Praise my soul the King of heaven,
To His feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me His praise shall sing. —Henry Francis Lyte
Exodus 31:1-18; Psalms 79:1-80:19; Acts 18:24-19:20
Brethren, the time is short. 1 Corinthians 7:29
The great Napoleon knew the value of time. He often said, “In every battle there is a crisis of perhaps ten to fifteen minutes on which the outcome depends. The proper use of that short period means victory. Improper use of those few minutes and one is destined for defeat”. Realizing, with Paul, that the time is short, let us, in fellowship with our Heavenly Commander, use every minute for His glory and service. “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6). —Arnot P. McIntee
Go, labour on while it is day,
The world’s dark night is hastening on,
Speed, speed your work, cast sloth away,
It is not thus that souls are won. —Horatius Bonar
Exodus 30:11-38; Psalm 78:32-72; Acts 18:1-23
So the Lord alone did lead him (Israel)…But Jeshurun (Israel) waxed fat, and kicked. Deuteronomy 32:12, 15
Initially led by God, Israel later becomes so self-sufficient they thrust the Lord right out of their lives. Amazingly He still loved them and in anguish cried out, “O Jerusalem…how often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matt. 23:37, NKJV). You may have rejected God, but He lovingly calls you again, to return to Him and be saved. He died to cleanse and forgive you and He is waiting to personally welcome you into His family today. —David Croudace
I hear Thy welcome voice, which calls me Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood that flowed at Calvary.
I am coming, Lord! Coming now to Thee.
Wash me, cleanse me in Thy blood, that flowed on Calvary.—Hartsough
Exodus 29:38- 30:10; Psalm 78:1-31; Acts 17:16-34
Thy people also shall be all righteous: They shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. Isaiah 60:21
I have a weeping mulberry tree at the front of my house. Every year the branches grow so long that the leaves trail onto the lawn. So I trim them back. Yet, despite my sometimes excessive pruning, it always grows full and green. So it is with the Lord’s chastening (Heb. 12:5-11). When He prunes us, He is teaching us something so we can glorify Him. This in turn helps us grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). —Annette Baal
More like Jesus when I pray, more like Jesus day by day,
Born of Him through grace renewed, by His love my will subdued. —Fanny J. Crosby
Exodus 29:1-37; Psalms 76:1-77:20; Acts 17:1-15
There is nothing better for a man, than that he shouldest eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:24
The Bible teaches us that we can and should control our attitude toward the circumstances of our life. Often times we find them overwhelming and it is not easy to cope. However, we know that God has designed them for our good and for His glory. Let us be glad and rejoice. —D. Pickup
This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made. —From Psalm 118
Exodus 28:15-43; Psalms 74:1-75:10; Acts 16:16-40
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? Psalm 22:1
Here we stand on holy ground. The Lord Jesus was completing the work that the Father had given Him to do on the Cross. The Creator, dies for the creature. The Son dies for sinners. The King dies to regain the Kingdom. The Holy dies for the unholy. The Immortal dies for the mortal. The Light of the world is shrouded in darkness, that we might be saved from the “blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 13). But at what a cost to Himself. The eternal Son of God, the Son of His Love, forsaken by His God. —W. H. Burnett
‘Tis mystery all, the immortal dies, who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries, to sound the depths of love divine. —C. Wesley
Exodus 27:20-28:14; Psalm 73:1-28; Acts 15:36-16:15
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.”…God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Luke 3:8, NKJV
Richard Dawkins states that his earliest doubts about “religion” came because he felt that any “faith” he had was the product of his upbringing in the UK. He questioned how God could be just when a person’s opportunity for “faith” was purely a result of their birthplace. What he failed to realize is that Christianity is not a cultural experience at all. It is a worldwide call to each man, woman and child to put their faith in Christ. In a coming day representatives from every tongue, tribe and nation will praise Him. —Jeff Frey
God of every tribe and nation, Lord of continents and seas,
Come, renew Your whole creation, come to heal this world’s disease. —Author Unknown