Friday, January 18, 2019

Genesis 24:1-67; Job 29:1-30:31; Matthew 13:1-23

And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time. Jonah 3:1

The first two chapters of Jonah give factual details as to how God turned him back to Ninevah. The last two chapters enlighten us as to how God changed Jonah’s inner attitude. What we discover is that God wants us to do His will, not by force, but with a willing heart. In essence, His desire is for us to be like Him, not just to obey Him. To turn Jonah toward Nineveh, God sent the storm and the great fish. To turn him from his anger and hardheartedness, God sent the plant and the worm. What is He using to turn you? Are you listening? —Shane Johnson

I want to do Thy will O Lord, take me, break me, hold me and make me,
I want to do Thy will O Lord; I want to do Thy will O Lord! —D. Reeves

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Genesis 23:1-20; Job 27:1-28:28; Matthew 12:22-50

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. Psalm 121:5

The words “keep or keeper” occur three times in this short Psalm as does the word “preserve”. The terms are basically synonymous: “hedge about, guard, protect”. C. H. Spurgeon states, “God is the bodyguard of His saints” and “God is as near as your shadow”. Psalm 91:11 gives this encouragement: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways”. What stability, assurance, and security the believer enjoys in a world daily rocked by turmoil and confusion! —Wm. H. Gustafson

Under the shadow of Thy throne,
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure. —Isaac Watts

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Genesis 22:1-24; Job 25:1-26:14; Matthew 12:1-21

Repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:15

One of the first words that Jesus used when setting out on His public ministry was “repent”. The very essence of the Gospel is the idea of repentance. It means to turn around. To leave sin and to be devoted in faith to the Lord Jesus. It was John Bunyan who wrote, “Godly repentance does not only affect the soul with the loathsome nature of sin that is past, but fills the heart with godly hatred of sins that may yet come”. Repentance means we loathe sin and do our utmost to not indulge it in any form. Righteousness should be the hallmark of the Christian. —Paul Young

Repent before the Judge draws nigh;
Or else when He comes down,
Thou wilt in vain for earthquakes cry,
To hide thee from His frown. —John Newton

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Genesis 20:1-21:34; Job 23:1-24:25; Matthew 11:2-30

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4, NKJV

Even David, a man of great courage, who killed a lion, a bear, and the giant, Goliath, had times when he was afraid. He learned that trust in God was the answer and also the solution to his fear. We, too, can learn this lesson. When we are afraid, trust in the Lord. Then, before any fear arises, put a steadfast trust in the Lord, so that we will not even begin to fear. Trust in the One who said, “Fear not, for I am with you” (Isa. 41:10, NKJV). Remember, He will never leave you nor forsake you. —Rex Trogdon

Fear knocked;
Faith answered;
No one was there. —Anonymous

Monday, January 14, 2019

Genesis 19:1-38; Job 22:1-30; Matthew 10:24-11:1

And Jesus said, Make the men sit down…So the men sat down… And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down. John 6:10-11

The people who sat down and ate that day were filled and satisfied. They sought the Lord afterwards so that they might be fed again. Likewise we who follow the Lord and desire to be spiritually fed by Him must “sit down”: we must be serious and attentive to receive. Spiritual nutrition and satisfaction won’t come to those who are impatient or haphazard in their encounters with Jesus, just catching a “bite” of Scripture while on the run. —D. Pickup

Long as my life shall last, Teach me Thy way!
Wher-e’er my lot be cast, Teach me Thy way! —B. Mansell Ramsey

Lord`s Day, January 13, 2019

Genesis 18:1-33; Job 21:1-34; Matthew 10:1-23

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

The stark contrast between these two statements of Scripture raises a question. Why would God forsake the Son in whom He had previously declared all His pleasure? Psalm 22:3 provides the answer; “But thou art holy”. God’s holiness required Him to forsake the Son in whom He delighted, punishing Him for your sin and mine. May our hearts overflow with thanksgiving and praise as we remember Him, and the price He paid to secure our salvation. —E. V.

Lord Jesus, we remember the travail of Thy soul,
When thro’ Thy love’s deep pity, the waves did o’er Thee roll. — J. G. Deck

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Genesis 17:1-27; Job 20:1-29; Matthew 9:18-38

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth. Acts 17:26

Humanity has been divided by boundaries, ethnicities, political allegiances and languages. Some hide behind these differences saying, the gospel works in your kindred, but not ours. The Bible makes sense in your dialect, but not ours. Your party believes, but not ours. These arguments are insults to God’s wisdom, love and righteousness. God is determined to disprove these excuses by redeeming people out of every nation, tribe, people and tongue (Rev. 5:9). God so loved the world. —J. A. Bjorlie

With harps and with viols there stands a great throng,
In the presence of Jesus and sings this new song;
Unto Him who has loved us and washed us from sin,
Unto Him be the glory forever. Amen. —A. T. Pierson

Friday, January 11, 2019

Genesis 15:1-16:16; Job 18:1-19:29; Matthew 8:28-9:17

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Matthew 28:20

Observe that in the Great Commission there are no divisions of doctrine into “fundamental,” “secondary” and “non-essential”. Such divisions are man-made and contrary to the Lord’s clear command and the apostolic example (Acts 20:27). Today many do not want to be held accountable to obey all things, but preachers and teachers should be faithful to the Lord, not the crowd. We are to live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:19). —Carl Knott

How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! —John Rippon

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Genesis 13:1-14:24; Job 16:1-17:16; Matthew 8:1-27

Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Psalm 119:23

Faced with enemy collusion and verbal persecution, David turned to meditation on God’s Word. In this cacophonous world, it is often difficult to hear the Almighty’s voice. This increases our need to daily resort to the Scriptures for spiritual communion. More than just reading them, we must carefully consider them and prayerfully apply them to our lives. What attitudes need to change? Am I obedient to the Lord’s commands? Believers may safely leave the critics and skeptics to the Lord; He will eventually deal with them. Meanwhile, we must diligently contemplate His Word. —Keith Keyser

Help us to confess Thy name, bear with joy Thy cross and shame;
Only seek to follow Thee, Though reproach our portion be.—J. G. Deck

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Genesis 11:27-12:20; Job 15:1-35; Matthew 7:7-29

Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

Here is a simple way to reach children with the gospel using your five fingers. There is one way to heaven—the Lord Jesus (John 14:6)! There are two choices—we can “believe” or “believe not” (John 3:36). To “believe not” results in God’s wrath. To “believe” results in God’s life. What are we to believe? Three facts: Christ died for our sins; He was buried (proving He really died); and He rose from the dead. “Four-giveness of sins” belongs only to those who believe and receive Christ as Saviour (Acts 13:38). Then enjoy these five golden words of eternal security, “I give them eternal life” (John 10:28, NKJV). The gospel is in your hand. Now, give it away! —Brian Cretney

How precious are the children to our Saviour’s loving heart;
The One who bade them come, bids us to go and do our part. —B. C.