Psalm of the Day: Psalm 58
Wisdom of the Day: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
Scripture Reading: Luke 5:17-26
Let us see our Lord's perfect knowledge of the thoughts of men. We read that when the Scribes and Pharisees began to reason secretly among themselves, and privately charge our Lord with blasphemy. He knew what they were about and put them to an open shame. It is written, that "Jesus knew what they were thinking."
It should be a daily and habitual reflection with us that we can keep nothing secret from Christ. To Him apply the words of Paul, "All things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13).
To Him belong the solemn expressions of the 139th Psalm, the Psalm which every Christian should often study. There is not a word in our mouths, nor an imagination in our hearts, but Jesus knows it altogether!
How many searchings of heart this mighty truth ought to awaken within us! Christ ever sees us! Christ always knows us! Christ continually reads and observes our acts, words and thoughts!
The recollection of this should alarm the wicked and drive them from their sins! Their wickedness is not hidden, and will one day be fearfully exposed--unless they repent.
It should frighten hypocrites out of their hypocrisy. They may deceive man, but they are not deceiving Christ!
It should quicken and comfort all sincere believers. They should remember that a loving Master is ever watching them and should do all as in His sight.
Above all, they should feel that, however mocked and slandered by the world--they are fairly and justly measured by their Savior's eye. They can say, "You, Lord, who know all things; You know that I love You." John 21:17
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help my thoughts glorify since you know them already.
Action Plan: Renewing the mind is the key to defeating sin. How can I win the battle against sin with my thoughts?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.