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The People of God

Morning, January 18     

 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”
         — Hebrews 4:9

How different will be the state of the believer in heaven from what it is here! Here he is born to toil and suffer weariness, but in the land of the immortal, fatigue is never known. Anxious to serve his Master, he finds his strength unequal to his zeal: his constant cry is, “Help me to serve thee, O my God.” If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labour; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, “I am not wearied of the labour, but I am wearied in it.” Ah! Christian, the hot day of weariness lasts not for ever; the sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than thou hast ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their [labors]  Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. Here, the Christianis always unsettled; he feels that he has not yet attained. There, all are a…

The Teacher

  Evening, January 18

“He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” 
         — Luke 24:27

The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Jesus condescended to become a preacher of the gospel, and he was not ashamed to exercise his calling before an audience of two persons, neither doeshe now refuse to become the teacher of even one. Let us court the company of so excellent anInstructor, for tillheis made unto us wisdom we shall never be wise unto salvation.

This [unrivaled] tutor used as hisclass-bookthe best of [Books]. Although able to reveal fresh truth, he preferred to expound the old. He knew by hisomniscience what was the most instructive way of teaching, and by turning at once toMoses and the prophets, heshowed us that the surest road to wisdom is not speculation, reason…

Giving Up Control

January 18: Giving Up Control
Genesis 30

We are born bent on our own ambitions. It’s in our nature to control and compete. And pride—often the source of this behavior—keenly notices the pride of others. Often, we want to point out the failing of the equally prideful and impose our own wills on them, while neglecting to see these traits in ourselves.
In Genesis 30, we find a myriad of characters who are bent on obtaining favor and selfish gain—often at the expense and exasperation of others. Rachel foolishly demands a son of Jacob(Gen 30:1) and then—because the family dynamics weren't complicated enough—she has her handmaid bear her a child via Jacob. When she finally obtains a son, she is not joyful—she is triumphant: “With mighty wrestling's I have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed” (Gen 30:8). Leah uses bribery and her own handmaid to gain the attention of her neglectful husband, while Laban and Jacob continue circling, using and manipulating one other (Gen 30:16, 25…