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Daily Light's Evening Reading

I sought him, but I found him not.SONG 3:1.

Return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.—It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.—Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Hos. 14:1,2.Jas. 1:13-17.Psa. 27:14. -Lam. 3:26. -Luke 18:7.Psa. 62:1,5.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master.”

Matthew 10:25

No one will dispute this statement, for it would be unseemly for the servant to be exalted above his Master. When our Lord was on earth, what was the treatment he received? Were his claims acknowledged, his instructions followed, his perfections worshipped, by those whom he came to bless? No; “He was despised and rejected of men.” Outside the camp was his place: cross-bearing was his occupation. Did the world yield him solace and rest? “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” This inhospitable country afforded him no shelter: it cast him out and crucified him. Such—if you are a follower of Jesus, and maintain a consistent, Christ-like walk and conversation—you must expect to be the lot of that part of your spiritual life which, in its outward development, comes under the observation of men. They will treat it as they treated the Saviour—they will despise it. Dream not that worldlings will admire you, or that the more holy and the more Christ-like you are, the more peaceably people will act towards you. They prized not the polished gem, how should they value the jewel in the rough? “If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?” If we were more like Christ, we should be more hated by his enemies. It were a sad dishonour to a child of God to be the world’s favourite. It is a very ill omen to hear a wicked world clap its hands and shout “Well done” to the Christian man. He may begin to look to his character, and wonder whether he has not been doing wrong, when the unrighteous give him their approbation. Let us be true to our Master, and have no friendship with a blind and base world which scorns and rejects him. Far be it from us to seek a crown of honour where our Lord found a coronet of thorns.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 2 Chronicles 12

2 Chronicles 12

12. Sishak Attacks Jerusalem

Egypt Attacks Judah

12

When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he grew strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, he and all Israel with him.2In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, King Shishak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem3with twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand cavalry. A countless army came with him from Egypt—Libyans, Sukkiim, and Ethiopians.4He took the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.5Then the prophet Shemaiah came to Rehoboam and to the officers of Judah, who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus says the Lord: You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak.”6Then the officers of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is in the right.”7When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying: “They have humbled themselves; I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.8Nevertheless they shall be his servants, so that they may know the difference between serving me and serving the kingdoms of other lands.”

9 So King Shishak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house; he took everything. He also took away the shields of gold that Solomon had made;10but King Rehoboam made in place of them shields of bronze, and committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who kept the door of the king’s house.11Whenever the king went into the house of the Lord, the guard would come along bearing them, and would then bring them back to the guardroom.12Because he humbled himself the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to destroy them completely; moreover, conditions were good in Judah.

Death of Rehoboam

13 So King Rehoboam established himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign; he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city that the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. His mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonite.14He did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.

15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, from first to last, are they not written in the records of the prophet Shemaiah and of the seer Iddo, recorded by genealogy? There were continual wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.16Rehoboam slept with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David; and his son Abijah succeeded him.

New Testament in Four Years - 2 Corinthians 9:12-15

2 Corinthians 9:12-15

9. Sowing Generously

12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.13Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others,14while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you.15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

 

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Psalm a Day - Psalm 104:19-35

Psalm 104:19-35

104. Psalm 104

19

You have made the moon to mark the seasons;

the sun knows its time for setting.

20

You make darkness, and it is night,

when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.

21

The young lions roar for their prey,

seeking their food from God.

22

When the sun rises, they withdraw

and lie down in their dens.

23

People go out to their work

and to their labor until the evening.

 

24

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

25

Yonder is the sea, great and wide,

creeping things innumerable are there,

living things both small and great.

26

There go the ships,

and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

 

27

These all look to you

to give them their food in due season;

28

when you give to them, they gather it up;

when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

29

When you hide your face, they are dismayed;

when you take away their breath, they die

and return to their dust.

30

When you send forth your spirit, they are created;

and you renew the face of the ground.

 

31

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works—

32

who looks on the earth and it trembles,

who touches the mountains and they smoke.

33

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

34

May my meditation be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the Lord.

35

Let sinners be consumed from the earth,

and let the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord!

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