Lord’s Day, May 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 5:1-33; Ecclesiastes 7:1-29; Luke 8:1-21

Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! John 11:36

The Lord Jesus was a Man marked by love. His friend Lazarus had died. At the grave the Jews saw first-hand the love of the Lord as the tears ran down His blessed cheeks. Indeed the Lord loved Lazarus and that same love is extended to you and me. —John M. Clegg

O the deep,deep love of Jesus!
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free,
Rolling as a mighty ocean,
In its fullness over me:
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward,
To my glorious rest above. —S. Trevor Francis

Saturday, May 26, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 4:1-49; Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:16; Luke 7:30-50

He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. Job 37:7

The human hand is just one of the endless marvels that testifies of God’s creative wisdom. As I sat studying mine one evening, before I was saved, my professed atheism crashed in the truth of what I was seeing. No team of engineers ever designed something so versatile, so delicate, so strong. All of creation’s works proclaim Him as the ever great I Am. Unbelievers notice, often more than they want to admit. —Rick Morse

In reason’s ear they all rejoice, and utter forth a glorious voice,
Forever singing as they shine, “The hand that made us is divine.” —Joseph Addison 

Friday, May 25, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 3:1-28; Eccl. 3:16-4:16; Luke 7:1-29

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Romans 8:16

Are you having an identity crisis? Are you so busy filling the many roles assigned to you, that you’re wondering who you really are? Take time to do a spiritual “identity check.” You are a child of God; an heir of God and joint heir with Christ; accepted in the beloved; chosen; loved; forgiven and precious—and that is to name just a few! Dwelling on who you are in Christ will help you determine your true identity! —E. V.

Yes, oh yes, I’m a child of the King!
His royal blood now flows in my veins;
And I, who was wretched and poor now can say,
Praise God, praise God, I’m a child of the King! —Cindy Walker

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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

The inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Cor. 4:16, NKJV

Wrinkles and age spots increase as we get older; aches and fatigue are the norm. Our cabinet shelves are often replete with pills, creams, and other cosmetic solutions. Paul writes here about developing the right perspective on the things that really matter. In this verse, the emphasis is on things internal, not things external. Renewal is a daily event; “day by day.” It’s not what is inside that counts; rather, it is who is inside that counts. While we recognize that our outward self is failing, we can rejoice that the inward is flourishing. —N. C. Funston

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness,
So our faces display Your likeness;
Ever changing from glory to glory;
Mirrored here, may our lives tell Your story. —Graham Kendrick

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

In this lovely Song of the Redeemed, we have a promise of something wonderful for our lives—peace. “Shalom,” or peace, is a beautiful word suggesting God’s favour upon us. But “perfect peace” is literally, “peace, peace,” meaning that His peace is multiplied to its fullest measure. This is a peace that is available, but it is conditional to those “whose mind is stayed (or fixed) on You” (NKJV). This is a choice which will result in a double portion of God’s peace even in the midst of the tragic times of life. Rest in His peace! —Jim Comte

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest;
Finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest. —Frances Ridley Havergal

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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

Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Hebrews 12:28

In days gone by it was the responsibility of the senior servants of an aristocratic household to ensure that the actions of all the servants was in keeping with the dignity and good reputation of the household. Man often honours man, his equal. How much more should we seek to honour the King of Kings in our daily conduct. In our speech, dress, and behaviour we must honour and glorify Him at all times. —Mary Robins

He is Lord, He is Lord,
He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord,
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess,
That Jesus Christ is Lord. —Author Unknown

Monday, May 21, 2018

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

And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord. Judges 4:1 

When reading through Judges recently, the little word “again” struck me. Isn’t it sad that God’s earthly people went through a cycle of rebellion, chastisement, and restoration only to rebel again. But before we get too smug, remember, in many ways we are no different! Believers are prone to wander from God. But thankfully His grace ever pursues to restore us back to Himself. If you have fallen, dear child of God remember, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). —Sid Halsband

Though we’ve strayed, like saints of old, grace has restored us to the fold,
Thus saved by grace, we’ll gladly sing, till all the earth and heavens ring. —Author Unknown 

Lord’s Day, May 20, 2018

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

He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. Psalm 40:3

For the believer that new song is outlined in Revelation chapter five. “Thou art worthy…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us…and hast made us…kings and priests” (vv. 9-10). That new song will be the same refrain Moses and Miriam taught Israel after their deliverance from Pharaoh’s bondage in Egypt: the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb (Rev. 15:3). If you have been redeemed you are to say so in word and song (Ps. 107:2). Let your joy be seen and heard. —W. H. G.

I think of my blessed Redeemer, I think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent; His love is the theme of my song. —Fanny J. Crosby

Saturday, May 19, 2018

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

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself… Daniel 1:8

Four tactics were used to try and corrupt Daniel. First, the devil wanted his natural abilities for his own purposes. Second, the devil desired to control his speech; he did not want him speaking Hebrew, the language of the Bible. Third, he wanted him to compromise God’s dietary restrictions and indulge in the world’s fare. Fourth, he tried to strip him of his identity by giving him a pagan name. Satan uses similar tactics today to conform Christians to his values. Let us use our talents and tongues to praise God, consecrate our bodies to Him, and never forget who we are in Christ! —W. A. H.

Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone;
Dare to have a purpose firm! Dare to make it known!—P. Bliss

Friday, May 18, 2018

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

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, has everlasting life. John 5:24 

Both texts are quotes from Jesus Christ. Both are concerning a most important subject, everlasting life. Two of the most powerful words at first could be overlooked. They are “have” and “has.” We don’t hope for eternal life or expect to have it someday. It is ours here and now when we believe. Most of what we have can be taken from us but not our eternal life. Praise God. —Ken Gross

Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed, His child and forever I am. —Fanny J. Crosby