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Morning and Evening : Daily Readings

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 “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” 
         — Acts 14:22

God’s people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when he chose his people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of privileges, he included chastisements among the things to which they should inevitably be heirs. Trials are a part of our lot; they were predestinated for us in Christ’s last legacy. So surely as the stars are fashioned by his hands, and their orbits fixed by him, so surely are our trials allotted to us: he has ordained their season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. Good men must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none of their predece…

Wisdom Incognito

March 8: Wisdom Incognito
1 Corinthians 1:18–31

The Jews thought those who were hung on a tree were cursed, and the Greeks thought the cross was foolishness. Both then and now, the cross confounds human wisdom and reasoning.
Our own wisdom doesn’t lead us to God. God confounds expectations of what is valuable and valid in order to display His glory, and He thus puts our own wisdom to shame. He chooses the things that appear foolish, weak, and insignificant to display His glory (1 Cor. 1:27–28).
Being redeemed, we know that God chose to show His grace to us—we who are often weak, insignificant, and despised by human standards. Knowing the power of God, we shouldn’t boast in anything but Him. We did not attain God’s favor through our own wisdom.
In addition, we shouldn't be motivated by power, wealth, or notoriety. We should only boast in Jesus, who is all to us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. How we spend our time should be in response to this. If we find our atte…