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The LORD is near Daily Devotional for 2022


Monday, January 31, 2022

The Widow of Nain

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:18

The Widow of Nain
The city of Nain was about 25 miles from Capernaum, a good day’s journey. In Luke 7:11–17, as we see the Lord Jesus going, a large crowd accompanied Him there. As they approached the city there was a large crowd coming out of the city; it was a funeral procession. A dead man was being carried out. Since the Jews buried their dead the same day (Dt. 21:23; Acts 5:5–10), we can safely assume this man had just recently passed away. The deceased was the only son of a widow,...More

Sunday, January 30, 2022

The Unjust Trials of Our Lord Jesus (4)

Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.”
John 18:28–30

The Unjust Trials of Our Lord Jesus (4)
After their late night and dawn sessions, having in their eyes valid reason to condemn Jesus to die, the hypocritical Jewish leaders took Jesus to the...More

Saturday, January 29, 2022

John Mark (2)

And Peter … having become clearly conscious in himself, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was surnamed Mark, where were many gathered together and praying … And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having fulfilled the service entrusted to them, taking also with them John, surnamed Mark.
Acts 12:11, 12, 25

John Mark (2)
In these verses we find three men who greatly influenced John Mark’s life as a believer: Peter, Barnabas, and Saul (Paul). This reminds us that as we grow older, younger believers are looking at us and learning from what we do and say.


Friday, January 28, 2022

Lessons on Jehoram (2)—To Be Exercised By the Discipline of God

[Jehoram] walked in the way of the kings of Israel.

But the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time from under his hand, because he had forsaken Jehovah the God of his fathers.

2 Chronicles 21:6; 2 Chronicles 21:10

Lessons on Jehoram (2)—To Be Exercised By the Discipline of God
Not long after Jehoram became king, Edom—who had been defeated by King David, and since then had been governed by Solomon and the kings of Judah—rebelled and set a king for themselves. Jehoram went to war against them, but it brought no result as...More

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Hidden in Christ, Then Revealed in Christ

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.
Colossians 3:4

Hidden in Christ, Then Revealed in Christ
In this verse, it is not the Lord coming to meet His own and gather them to Himself in the air (1 Th. 4:17); but “every eye shall see him” (Rev. 1:7). When the Lord comes to translate the Church, it will be far otherwise. God has joined us even now by the Spirit to Christ in heaven, according to all the efficacy of His death and resurrection. As far as the spirit is concerned this is true now, and it will be true of the body itself when Christ...More

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Be Strong and Work

But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!

“Now be strong … and work; for I am with you,” says the Lord of hosts.

2 Chronicles 15:7; Haggai 2:4

Be Strong and Work
We would like to link together these two scriptures that speak of being strong and working for the Lord. First, in 2 Chronicles, we see that king Asa has just won a great victory over the one-million-man army from Ethiopia. Sometimes, after a great victory which the Lord in His grace gives us, there is a tendency to settle back and let our hands be slack. We can be thankful for...More

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

John Mark (1)

Beginning of the glad tidings of Jesus Christ, Son of God.
Mark 1:1

John Mark (1)
Matthew’s gospel begins with the genealogy and birth of the Lord Jesus, as befits one born king (2:2). Luke starts his account mentioning godly men and women who were waiting for a savior when He was born (2:11, 38). John goes back to the beginning, before creation, to present Him in His deity: the Word, the only-begotten of the Father (1:1, 14). But Mark brings Him before us abruptly as the servant-prophet, though He be Son of God, the Father’s delight (1:1, 11).

After His baptism, we read in Matthew,...More

Monday, January 24, 2022

Lowly, Silent Service

And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.
Genesis 39:3

Lowly, Silent Service
Being a prosperous man, Joseph became a witness for the Lord in the house of bondage. We read, “His master saw that the Lord was with him” (v. 3). His testimony, too, was the testimony of his life rather than his lips. Potiphar was impressed by what he saw rather than by what he heard. “His master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.” Had Joseph been forever complaining of his hard lot, or...More

Sunday, January 23, 2022

The Unjust Trials of Our Lord Jesus (3)

As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying, “If You are the Christ, tell us” … “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”
Luke 22:66, 70–71

The Unjust Trials of Our Lord Jesus (3)
Through the night all the Jewish religious leaders had illegally been carrying on a trial against Jesus, God’s Son, with venomous hatred. Their long-intended object had...More

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Alarmed and Attracted

I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up … “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips” … “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away.”

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

Isaiah 6:1, 5, 7; Luke 5:8

Alarmed and Attracted
I may have been attracted by grace or alarmed by the terror of the Lord; one is the love getting into your heart, the other the light getting into your conscience, and God is both light and love. The work in which He bore...More

Friday, January 21, 2022

Bruised Reed and Smoking Flax

A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory.
Matthew 12:20

Bruised Reed and Smoking Flax
Matthew is the Gospel of God’s mighty King who came in humility, mercy, tenderness, and compassion, as the above verse explains. John the Baptist, the King’s herald, proclaimed His arrival and identified Him to the people, because He had come “incognito.” God endorsed John’s mission by sending the Holy Spirit from heaven to rest and remain on the Lord Jesus, God’s chosen One. He is the Son of God (Mt. 3:11–17; Jn. 1:29–34). His...More

Thursday, January 20, 2022

A Morning Prayer

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.
Psalm 5:1–3

A Morning Prayer
Prayer for the believer is a necessity like oxygen, and something that comes as natural as breathing. Yet we often struggle with consistency; as far as having any regular pattern, prayer is more “hit and miss.” In Psalm 5:1–3, we see a guide or pattern which is very simple: “in the morning.”

The Lord Jesus...More

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Like Master, Like Servant

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6

Like Master, Like Servant
God takes the bright light that shines in the face of Jesus Christ, and makes it shine in our hearts. He is the perfect answer and character of everything delightful to God. We are in Him, and His character is to flow through us. He has brought us into the light and holiness of the Father’s house; and because of having fellowship with Him, we can turn around and cast every...More

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

God’s “Thoughts”

How precious are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand.
Psalm 139:17–18

God’s “Thoughts”
We see one of the precious thoughts of God in John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him may not perish, but have life eternal.” This is what Cyprian called “an ocean of thought in a drop of language”! Who can sound the depths of this thought of God? It will form the theme and the mystery of eternity; it will be the center and focus around...More

Monday, January 17, 2022

The Sufficiency of the Scriptures

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16–17

The Sufficiency of the Scriptures
If Christ’s work suffices for the conscience, if His blessed Person suffices for the heart, then, most assuredly, His precious Word suffices for the path. We may assert with all possible confidence that we possess in the divine volume of Holy Scripture all we can ever need, not only to meet all the exigencies of our individual...More

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Unjust Trials of Our Lord Jesus (2)

Those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled … Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none … at last two false witnesses came forward and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’”
Matthew 26:57, 59–61

The Unjust Trials of Our Lord Jesus (2)
Late in the night, after the preliminary session in the palace of Annas, our Lord Jesus was taken to the nearby palace of Caiaphas,...More

Friday, January 14, 2022

Christ Revealed to John by the Father

John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending’ … And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
John 1:32–34

Christ Revealed to John by the Father
Although there is far greater witness to the greatness and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, John’s witness is perfectly true and should be seriously considered by all who hear it. Before his birth, John had been chosen by God to be the forerunner of the...More

Thursday, January 13, 2022

God Hears and Forgives

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May You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.
1 Kings 8:30

God Hears and Forgives
This chapter records King Solomon’s public prayer—one of the longest in the Bible—at the dedication of the temple. First, he praised God for His fulfilled promises and expressed amazement that the God of heaven would even consider an earthly temple. Then Solomon made his request in the verse above: May You hear the prayers of Your people, wherever they are, when they pray toward this...More

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A Throne of Grace

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

A Throne of Grace
Oh, then, let us come boldly to the throne of grace! It is a “throne of grace” because graced by our great High Priest being seated there. Thence is dispensed mercy and grace for seasonable or opportune help (see jnd), only we must come to the throne in order that we may get it. What Israelite of old dared approach with any boldness the awful throne of the Almighty God? When Ezekiel saw it in a vision, there was “a likeness with the appearance...More

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Lessons on Jehoram (1)—We Must Trust in God to Build Our Life

Jehoram established himself over the kingdom of his father, and strengthened himself; and he slew all his brethren with the sword, and certain also of the princes of Israel.
2 Chronicles 21:4

Lessons on Jehoram (1)—We Must Trust in God to Build Our Life
What a great contrast we have between Jehoshaphat and his firstborn son Jehoram. We read of Jehoshaphat that “he took courage in the ways of Jehovah,” and consequently “Jehovah established the kingdom in his hand” (2 Chr. 17:6, 5). But of Jehoram we read that he “established himself over the kingdom of his father.” He desired to...More

Monday, January 10, 2022

Enlarged in Pressure

When I call, answer me, O God of my righteousness: in pressure Thou hast enlarged me; be gracious unto me, and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1

Enlarged in Pressure
Psalm 4 was written by King David. We do not know the exact circumstances which gave rise to the psalm. There were many times in David’s life when he experienced pressure. Even though he had been anointed king by Samuel, he lived the life of a fugitive with many close calls and narrow escapes. At times it seemed as if he was surrounded by his enemies and that the walls were closing in around him—pressure indeed.

In the natural...More

Sunday, January 9, 2022

The Unjust Trials of Our Lord Jesus (1)

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The detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year … The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine … Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
John 18:12–13, 19, 24

The Unjust Trials of Our Lord Jesus (1)
The apostle John, who wrote his Gospel years after the other Gospels had been written, is the only one who mentions that Jesus was tried first before Annas and then before his son-in-law Caiaphas,...More

Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Death Which Brings Life

Except the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, it abides alone; but if it die, it bears much fruit.
John 12:24

The Death Which Brings Life
These words of our Lord seem a strange answer to give to some people who simply wanted to see Him. And yet, as He continued speaking, an amazing message began to emerge—one that has rung down through the ages with one unchanging tone. It is this: All that is for God results from death. The Lord was that grain of wheat who fell into the ground and died that He might not abide alone. His finished work at Calvary’s cross produced an abundant eternal...More

Friday, January 7, 2022

Judging the Word or the Word Judging Us

Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes.
2 Chronicles 34:18–19

Judging the Word or the Word Judging Us
Here we have a tender conscience bowing under the action of the Word of God. This was one special charm in the character of Josiah. He was, in truth, a man of a humble and contrite spirit who trembled at the Word of God. Would that we all knew more of this! Josiah had no question whatever in his mind as to the genuineness and...More

Thursday, January 6, 2022

God Sees the Heart

He [Christ] did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.
1 Peter 2:23

God Sees the Heart
When three of Job’s friends heard of the things that had befallen him, they came with the purpose of comforting him in his grief and trials. But rather than doing so, they condemned him, unjustly telling Job that it was due to his iniquities that God was dealing with him in this way. One of them even said, “Know therefore that God exacts from you less than your iniquity deserves,” meaning that God should be punishing Job even more harshly; there must be sin in his life (Job...More

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Walking in the Lord’s Ways

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord!
Psalm 119:1

Walking in the Lord’s Ways
God has given us many Scriptures and examples to help us walk in His ways. Through these He teaches us and leads us to do what is right in His eyes. As doers of God’s Word, we will be undefiled (blameless, without defect). By walking in “the way” of the Lord we will be blessed, as we follow the One who never failed. The Lord Jesus kept God’s law—not necessarily man’s interpretations of it— and never added to it, nor took anything away from it. He is our Teacher and great...More

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Do You Have Any Symptoms?

Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God.
Hebrews 12:15

Do You Have Any Symptoms?
In late 2019 and into 2020, countries around the world began responding to the new coronavirus infections which brought death to hundreds of thousands and sickened millions more. That spring, a news magazine presented firsthand accounts of medical workers. One article, following a New York City paramedic, noted that all her patients had likely been infected the week before. “Fighting COVID,” the article said, “is like racing toward a star that may have burned out centuries ago but whose...More

Monday, January 3, 2022

Daniel’s Prayer Life

Whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
Daniel 6:7

Daniel’s Prayer Life
The word of God gave Daniel plain directions for the circumstances in which he found himself. Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple anticipated his difficulties: “When they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive … and pray to You … then hear in heaven Your dwelling place” (1 Ki. 8:47–49). In faith in God, Daniel acted according to the word of God. He refused to make any compromise.

The carnal mind...More

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Arresting the Son of God

There was a garden, which [Jesus] and His disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”
John 18:1–4

Arresting the Son of God
Again and again John’s Gospel sets Jesus before us in His dignity as the Son of God here on earth. This is the evangelist’s focus...More

Saturday, January 1, 2022

At the Gate of the Year

Known to God from eternity are all His works.
Acts 15:18

At the Gate of the Year
In December 1939, England was at war. Nazi Germany had invaded Poland, and a dark, threatening cloud hung over all of Europe; an uncertain future lay before the people. King George VI was looking for inspiration as he was about to address the nation on the radio. Thirteen-year-old Princess Elizabeth gave her father a poem to read just before he addressed the anxious nation. The original title of the poem, written by Minnie Louise Haskins, was “God Knows,” but it became popularly known as “The Gate of the...More

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