Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, June 4, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF JUDE

Text: “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” – Jude 21.

Comment: It is important that we bear in mind the need to always do those things for which God will be happy with us.  Azariah the son of Oded told Asa the king of Judah in those days: “The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.” (2 Chronicles 15:1, 2) One who has put his hand to the plough and has made up his mind to work in the Lord’s field must keep on at it, he should not allow himself to be distracted or to look back. God declared through the prophet Ezekiel: “But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die…” (Ezekiel 18:24, 27, 28) Considering the sacrifices involved in doing righteousness, it is much better to keep going forward than going forwards and backwards. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended” says St. Paul, “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13,14.