Thursday, January 18, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 24:1-67; Job 29:1-30:31; Matt. 13:1-23

The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him…the Lord will strengthen him. Psalm 41:1-3

This three-fold promise speaks powerfully into the circumstances of God’s people today. We have an unchanging God who is well able to meet the most trying need we might have. He is able to deliver us. He is able to preserve us and He is able to strengthen us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Call on Him in your need today and find the blessing of His strength. —W. H. G.

Put thou thy trust in God, In duty’s path go on,
Walk in His strength, with faith and hope,
So shall thy work be done. —Paul Gerhardt

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 23:1-20; Job 27:1-28:28; Matt. 12:22-50

And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. John 6:17
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. Matthew 14:25

Having fed the multitude, the Lord sent His disciples across the sea while He went up on the mountain to pray. But as they journeyed, a sudden storm arose, hindering their progress. Four conditions characterized their plight: the wind, the waves, the distance and the darkness. As we serve the Lord, we too may experience sudden adversity that thwarts our progress and our efforts for Him. We may not see Him at first, but we will in time as He comes to us with words of comfort and a call to rise above our circumstances. —Mark Kolchin

Labour on, labour on, keep the bright reward in view,
For the Master has said our strength, He will renew. —Blackall

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 22:1-24; Job 25:1-26:14; Matt. 12:1-21

The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body. James 3:6, NKJV
The beginning of strife is like the releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts. Proverbs 17:14, NKJV

Harry Ironside said, “A little grit in a motor will soon ruin the most costly engine.” Little things that we say can quickly destroy a relationship, a family and an assembly. The fable is told of the Dutch boy who, when he saw a leak in the dike quickly plugged it with his finger, thus preventing a dangerous flood. May grace be given to “plug” our resentments and uncharitable words! The burst dam of our tongue can cause irreparable damage! —Jim Comte

Too swiftly spoken; words that cut and bind,
Let grace season your speech; be gentle and kind. —Author Unknown

Monday, January 15, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 20:1-21:34; Job 23:1-24:25; Matt. 11:2-30

But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16, NASB

It is God’s will that His children should live holy lives, thereby reflecting the character of their heavenly Father. If we would be obedient children we must learn, by God’s help, to say, “No” to everything unworthy of a holy God. Equally important is the readiness to say, “Yes” to divine instruction. These negative and positive principles should govern all our conduct. —George Hall

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on:
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct, His likeness shall see. —W. D. Longstaff

Lord’s Day, January 14, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 19:1-38; Job 22:1-30; Matt. 10:24-11:1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

The only begotten Son is unique, unlike anyone else! In His birth, He was born of a virgin. In His life, He was sinless. In His words, He spoke as no one ever spoke. In His works, He did what no one else could ever do. In suffering, He was so marred, more than any man. In His death, He was buried in a tomb where no one had ever lain before. Finally, He was seen in resurrection glory, the Firstborn from the dead! —Rex Trogdon

Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer,
Than all the angels heav’n can boast. —Munster Gesangbuch

Saturday, June 13, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 18:1-33; Job 21:1-34; Matt. 10:1-23

That ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; Philippians 1:27

There was division creeping in to the Philippian church, but here God gives us a secret for maintaining unity in every local church. “Striving together for…the gospel.” When God’s people are all actively involved in going out to their neighbourhood, reaching the unsaved for Christ, there will be no time left for internal bickering and criticism. Instead, when the saints gather they will be united as they pray together, encourage one another and share experiences of their outreach. Remember the Lord said “Go ye”! Yes indeed, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15). —David Croudace

Salvation! Oh salvation! The joyful sound proclaim.
Till earth’s remotest regions, have learned Messiah’s name. —R. Heber

Friday, January 12, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 17:1-27; Job 20:1-29; Matt. 9:18-38

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalm 19:1

Looking at an intricate sculpture or beautiful painting we appreciate and admire the talent and workmanship behind it. Normal curiosity leads us to ask about the artist. How tragic to observe the splendour of the Rocky Mountains, to wonder at the expansive Grand Canyon, to marvel at the stars and planets in our solar system and yet fail to know the Creator behind the work. Its vastness, complexity, and beauty all declare that this is God’s work and it is good. —George Ferrier

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 G. Boberg

Thursday, January 11, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 15:1-16:16; Job 18:1-19:29; Matt. 8:28-9:17

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down. Psalm 37:24

The voice on the phone said, “It’s about your son. There’s been a construction site accident.” He’d fallen 20 feet from scaffolding onto a concrete floor. Looking on at the hospital, I went numb. Questioning whether he’d live, I fervently called on the Lord. Reminded that God inhabits the praises of His people I tearfully sang, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear.” Almost immediately the burden eased. One wonders how God felt about withdrawing help when his Son agonized beneath humanity’s sinload. Jesus then had no one to call on. He bore it all…all alone! But, for us He is always available. This should evoke in us continual praise. —E. Dyck

“Man of sorrows,” what a name For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim! Hallelujah! What a Saviour! —P. P. Bliss

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 13:1-14:24; Job 16:1-17:16; Matt. 8:1-27

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

We live in a sad, violent world and many lives are filled with heartache and sorrow. There is brokenness in marriages. Children find it hard to cope because of experiences at home. People are facing anxieties and fears because of serious health issues. Others struggle financially and wonder what the future holds. So many burdens, and for many, no clear place to turn for solace and comfort. Heed the invitation from the Son of God, “Come unto me” and “I will give you rest.” He is the only One who can meet your deepest need. —Jim Paul

Come to the Saviour all, whatever your burdens be,
Hear now His loving call, cast all your care on Me. —Fredrick Maker

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 11:27 -12:20; Job 15:1-35; Matt. 7:7-29

Now will I praise the Lord. Genesis 29:35

Leah had already borne three sons for Jacob and upon the arrival of each one she hoped for a turnaround in his affection for her. “Now he will love me.” But upon the birth of Judah, Leah’s attention was drawn away from self and from thinking about “what this child will do for me.” She stopped considering her own problems and instead fixed her attention on God. Likewise, we ought to abandon self and be taken up with the Lion of Judah so that we too may praise the Lord! —Jeff Frey

Trust in the Lord, O troubled soul,
Rest in the arms of His care;
Whatever your lot, it mattereth not,
For nothing can trouble you there. —T. O. Chisholm