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Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 22      Go To Evening Reading

 “Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?”
         — Ezekiel 15:2

These words are for the humbling of God’s people; they are called God’s vine, but what are they by nature more than others? They, by God’s goodness, have become fruitful, having been planted in a good soil; the Lord hath trained them upon the walls of the sanctuary, and they bring forth fruit to his glory; but what are they without their God? What are they without the continual influence of the Spirit, begetting fruitfulness in them? O believer, learn to reject pride, seeing that thou hast no ground for it.  Whatever thou art, thou hast nothing to make thee proud. The more thou hast, the more thou art in debt to God; and thou shouldst not be proud of that which renders thee a debtor.  Consider thine origin; look back to what thou wast. Consider what thou wouldst have been but for divine grace. Look upon t…

Be Vigilant

January 22: Be Vigilant
Matthew 26:14–56

Faith doesn’t always come to bear until we are faced with our own fallibility. When we “enter into temptation,” it often means we haven’t been vigilant—that we’ve stopped pursuing the God who has pursued us. In the aftermath of temptation, we recognize our spiritual laziness. We become wise—but remorsefully.
Vigilance and complacency are illustrated in the garden of Gethsemane. In His last moments, Jesus requests thatHisclosest disciples stay awake withHim (Matt 26:38). But while He repeatedly prays, they fall asleep. What seems like a request for moral support gets defined a few verses later: “Stay awake and pray that you will not enter into temptation”(Matt 26:41). Staying awake is associated with spiritual awareness. And their sleep is costly. Because of their spiritual sleepiness, they’re not prepared for His end, even thoughHehad repeatedly prepared them forHis death. They abandon Him, and they even deny Him(Matt 26:56; 75).
But in this sam…