Lord’s Day, August 19, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 30:1-31:13; Micah 1:1-2:13; Romans 9:1-29

The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. Ecclesiastes 1:8b

This verse sums up man’s never ending search for satisfaction. Despite the wonderful sights and sounds found on the earth, mankind is unfulfilled. However, because of Calvary, our spiritual senses see sights and hear sounds unbelievers know nothing about. What a wonderful foretaste of Heaven. Then with perfect voices we shall praise the Lamb for sinners slain. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor. 2:9). —Vernon Markle

When Thy blood-bought church, Lord Jesus, is complete:
When each soul is safely landed at Thy feet:
What a story in the glory, she’ll repeat. —J. G. Deck

Saturday, August 18, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 28:1-29; Isaiah 66:1-24; Romans 8:18-39

It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there. Ezekiel 48:35

After witnessing the glory of the Lord departing the temple earlier in his ministry, it must have been thrilling for Ezekiel to now see the glory of the Lord among His people again. For the Jew, this will be the most wonderful feature of the millennial kingdom; God once again among them and in His temple. The entire planet will be filled with the knowledge, blessings, and glory of God in Christ. In Christ’s kingdom, there will be no such questions as: “Who is the Lord?” or “Where is the Lord?” His presence will be cherished and His glory extolled by all. Dear believer we will be there to see it! —W. A. H.

Over heathen lands afar, thick darkness broodeth yet:
Arise, O morning Star, arise, and never set. —Lewis Hensley

Friday, August 17, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 26:1-27:12; Isaiah 65:1-25; Romans 8:1-17

Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand…You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house. Deuteronomy 11:18-20, NKJV

Moses gives four vital family injunctions: “Lay up” means “to impress the information in their hearts.” “Bind them,” is to put them in plain sight, as a constant reminder. “Teach them,” is to speak of them at every opportunity. “Write them on the doorposts of your house,” suggests the Scriptures should be in plain view for all to see. The values we teach our children are the values they will live by. —Jim Comte

Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life;
Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life. —P. P. Bliss

Thursday, August 16, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 25:1-12; Isaiah 63:15-64:12; Romans 7:7-25

I alone am left. 1 Kings 19:10, 14, NKJV

Loneliness in the service of God can be a devastating thing: Jonah was alone, David was alone, Moses was alone. Alone for, or with God is one thing. However, when a servant of God feels alone from God, that is very dangerous. Sometimes the potent blend of loneliness and busyness is deadly. It’s good to be busy for God and alone with God, but when these two qualities mix in an off-balance way, it can be destructive. The key is combining serving with others yet allowing time alone with God. This allows for accountability and companionship. May God help us to find that happy balance. —N. C. Funston

Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blessed Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee. —William Cushing

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 23-24; Isaiah 62:1-63:14; Romans 6:15-7:6

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… Matthew 23:37

Should Christians be concerned with Jerusalem? The fact that this ancient city today still exists and makes headlines testifies to the veracity and authenticity of biblical prophecy. Its rise and fall, predicted in Scriptures, were fulfilled fully and literally, and attested to in history. The final stage is coming, when God will gather all nations to do battle against Jerusalem (Zech. 14:2). Then the Messiah will come to defeat their enemies and establish His reign of peace on earth. At last, Jerusalem will be a city of Peace. How we long and pray for that day. —K. C. Ung

O’er Jerusalem Thou weepest, in compassion, dearest Lord,
Love divine, of love the deepest, O’er Thine erring Israel poured. — Anna B. Hoppe

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 21-22; Isaiah 61:1-11; Romans 6:1-14

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:15
I have surely seen the affliction of my people…and have heard their cry…for I know their sorrows. Exodus 3:7

These human capabilities attributed to our great God are to encourage us to remember that we have a caring God. We can see and hear of needs around us, but never be moved in heart to help. This is not so with our heavenly Father—the one Who cares for His own very deeply. Learn to cast all your care on Him and watch for His deliverance. —Wm. H. Gustafson

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry, everything to Him in prayer. —J. Scriven

Monday, August 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 19:8-20:42; Isaiah 60:1-22; Romans 5:12-21

Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. John 4:16

How do we react when the Lord puts His finger on an item of failure in our lives? It is impossible to reach satisfaction and inner peace until we strive to make right the wrongs we have committed in our lives. Restitution and seeking for forgiveness free the soul. —Ken Gunnell

Only a step to Jesus!
Then why not take it now?
Come, and thy sins confessing,
To Him thy Saviour, bow. — Fanny J. Crosby

Lord’s Day, August 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 18:6-19:7; Isaiah 59:1-21; Romans 4:23-5:11

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Be not still, O God. Psalm 83:1

Over and over, Scripture adjures us to be at rest. Amidst all our circumstances, our sovereign Lord Jesus Christ is on the throne! When I was a teenager I was blessed by the popular Christian phrase, “Let go and let God.” Psalm 46:10 in the NASB reads, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” We can be still because our God is never still. He is always remembering us (Gen. 8:1; Ex. 2:24) and when He does, He acts. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). —Annette Baal

In Jesus I’ve found a sweet rest, from sorrow, from toil, and from care;
In Him I am happy and blest, for He all my burdens doth bear. —L. Riggs

Saturday, August 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 17:32-18:5; Isaiah 58:1-14; Romans 4:1-22

Here am I, send me. Isaiah 6:8

Isaiah was sent to preach and warn wandering Israel. Noah, to build the ark and warn the world of divine displeasure and coming judgment. Moses, to lead Israel out of Egypt. Nehemiah, to rebuild the wall and city. Ezra and others, for the rebuilding of the temple. John the baptist, as Christ’s forerunner, to preach repentance and prepare the way before Him. But only One was sent to save us. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). We will love and praise Him forever for this, and hope you will, too. —Carl Knott

Now none but Christ can satisfy, none other name for me;
There’s love and life and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee. —Emma F. Shuttleworth Bevan

Friday, August 10, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 17:1-31; Isaiah 56:9-57:21; Romans 3:1-31

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52 

One day the Lord will descend to the air and shout, the archangel shall speak, and a trumpet will sound—resurrecting the dead in Christ, glorifying the living saints, He will receive us to Himself, all this occurring in an estimated 1/6 of a billionth of a second. We may be working, studying, or fellowshipping together and suddenly we will be looking in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a powerful motivation to be about His business. One day. Perhaps today. —George Ferrier

It may be, perchance, that the blackness of midnight, Will burst into light
in the blaze of His glory when Jesus receives His own. —H. L. Turner