Monday, May 14, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Num. 25:1-26:51; Prov. 22:17-23:11; Luke 1:26-56

We have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. 2 Chronicles 20:12

Have you, on the horizon, some task you are dreading? If so, take heart that it is when the task seems too onerous, it draws us to the Lord for help. Rest on Him and remember you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you (Phil. 4:13). The battle then becomes the Lord’s battle. —Brian Russell

The battle is the Lord’s,
All power belongs to Him;
Since He His mighty grace affords,
Let us go on and win. —Author Unknown

Lord’s Day, May 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Num. 23:27-24:25; Prov. 21:12-22:16; Luke 1:1-25

There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother. John 19:25

Six long hours of excruciating pain were almost passed. My Saviour had hung on that cross suffering like no other, as His dear mother, no doubt weeping, observed it all. From parched lips he said, “Woman, (a term of great respect) behold thy son” (John 19:26). To His disciple John, he said, “Behold thy mother” (John 19:27), and from that hour that disciple took her into his own home. The Saviour’s final act before His
victorious shout, “It is finished” (John 19:30), was to provide love, care, and protection, for His mother. May we show the same love for our mothers today. —Arnot P. McIntee

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim. —B. B. Hart

Saturday, May 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Num. 22:39-23:26; Prov. 20:1-21:11; James 4:13-5:20

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5

The Apostle says we understand love because “he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Put quite simply, the definition of love is to give without expecting
anything in return. If we only give to get, that is not God’s love. We can measure the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit in our lives by how we love. —Drew Craig

Love that no tongue can teach, love that no thought can reach,
No love like this. God is its blessed source,
Death ne’er can stop its course, nothing can stay its force, 
Matchless it is. —T. Kelly

Friday, May 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 22:1-38; Proverbs 19:1-29; James 3:1-4:12

Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man. Acts 11:23-24

Very few men are designated “good” in the Holy Scriptures. The one referred to here is Barnabas who had come to the large city of Antioch to check reports of remarkable gospel blessing. We are challenged as
we reflect upon how the “good man” reacted to what he witnessed; there was neither acrimony nor jealousy. He clearly saw evidence of God’s grace and was glad! Without hesitation, he would urge them to, “Cleave to the Lord” (Josh. 23:8). Does goodness of such caliber mark us? —George Hall

Can we whose souls are lighted, with wisdom from on high,
Can we to men benighted, the lamp of life deny? —Reginald Heber

Thursday, May 10, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 21:1-35; Proverbs 18:1-24; James 2:1-26

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
Let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:3

At the Commonwealth Observance Ceremony in London in 2016, a guest recited a poem she had composed to fit in with the theme for the service—inclusiveness. Her poem had the line in it—”There is a ‘u’ and an ‘i’ in ‘unity.'” Such a simple pithy line but what a truth— applicable to any setting where there is interaction between people. It behooves every believer to endeavour to function in harmony with others so that we bear a good testimony for the Lord. —Brian Powlesland

As sweet strains of heav’nly music, blend in one harmonious sound,
So the members of Christ’s body, in blest unity are found. —C. M. Brooks

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 20:1-29; Proverbs 17:1-28; James 1:1-27

They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and ceaseth forever). Psalm 49:6-8

Redemption is not by silver or gold. No offering can purchase forgiveness. No wealth or social standing can arrange for special consideration by God. Mankind has no redeemer in its ranks, no one who can pay the price demanded. But God’s eternal Son became a man and gave His life to pay that awful ransom. Our redemption is by the precious blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:18-19). —Carl Knott

Oh! Precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus. —Robert Lowry

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 19:1-22; Proverbs 16:1-33; 2 Peter 3:1-18

And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. Acts 18:24 

The Bible describes Apollos as one who was mighty in God’s Word. This should also be our desire. A growing knowledge of the Bible deepens our relationship with Christ. It spurs us to effectively serve Him and share the gospel with others. Obeying His Word empowers us for godly living. Accurately applying His Word brings wisdom for decision making. It is God’s message, given to us with His love. How we value it is important to Him. How would God currently describe our relationship to His Word? —George Ferrier

The Bible stands every test we give it, for its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it, and to prove it and make it mine. —Haldor Lillenas

Monday, May 7, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 18:1-32; Proverbs 15:1-33; 2 Peter 2:1-22

Father, I have sinned. Luke 15:21

God has used some unlikely people to do His work. Think of Jonah who ran from God’s call. He forgave Abraham for lying about Sarah being his sister. On the backside of the desert God called Moses. He entrusted the deliverance of a nation to him, a murderer who ran for his life. In the New Testament an earthly father eagerly forgave his prodigal son. Past failure need not deter us from service if we return in a humble sincere attitude of repentance. God can and does work through weakness to confound the wise (1 Cor. 1:27). —E. Dyck

I ask You, Lord, to take my hand,
And heal my inner blight;
So that these faltering footsteps,
Again can walk aright. —E. M. D.

Lord’s Day, May 6, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 16:41-17:13; Proverbs 14:1-35; 2 Peter 1:1-21

But think on me when it shall be well with thee. Genesis 40:14

Joseph remained in prison for two full years due to the forgetfulness of the butler. As we gather together to remember our Saviour today, we think upon one far greater than a Joseph. And because of Him, it is well with us today! We are on the victory side and travelling the narrow road which leads unto life. We dare not forget Him. May we continually think upon our Saviour. —John M. Clegg

Lord, we would ne’er forget Thy love,
Who hast redeemed us by Thy blood;
And now, as our High Priest above,
Dost intercede for us with God. —James G. Deck

Saturday, May 5, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 16:1-40; Proverbs 13:1-25; 1 Peter 5:1-14

And they [brought] unto him one that was deaf and had an impediment in his speech. Mark 7:32

This man was unable to hear the words of Jesus and unable to speak clearly. Yet Jesus wonderfully healed him and his ears were opened and he became understandable in speech. Can it be true that we may be deaf to God and fail to hear his voice? If we will not listen to what He says, then we are very unlikely to commune with Him and sadly we will find it hard to speak clearly to people about the Lord. Let us take up the challenge every day to hear the Lord through His Word and speak to Him in prayer. —Paul Young

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, your loosen’d tongues employ.
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come, and leap, ye lame, for joy. — Charles Wesley