Saturday, May 7, 2011

Daily Readings for May 8-14, 2011

Daily Lectionary

May 8 Exodus 32:15-35; Luke 6:39-49
May 9 Exodus 33:1-23; Luke 7:1-17
May 10 Exodus 34:1-28; Luke 7:18-35
May 11 Exodus 34:29-38:20; Luke 7:36-50
May 12 Exodus 38:21-39:8, 22-23, 27-31; Luke 8:1-21
May 13 Exodus 39:32-40:16; Luke 8:22-39
May 14 Isaiah 40:25–31; 1 Peter 2:11–20; John 16:16–22

Those Who Wait on the Lord Shall Rejoice
The people of God are pilgrims and sojourners in this world, looking ahead to a destination yet to come (1 Peter 2:11–20). Though we are now children of God, the fullness of what we shall be has not yet been revealed (1 John 3:1–3). We are those who wait on the Lord. “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him” (Lam 3:25). Jesus tells us that the wait is just a little while. “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me” (John 16:16). Though you must experience sorrow for a time, though you must live as strangers in a world that is at enmity with Christ, yet your sorrow will be turned to joy when He returns. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). The little while of weeping shall be replaced with an eternity of rejoicing in the presence of Christ the crucified and risen Savior. “And no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22).

Old Testament: Isaiah 40:25–31 [On Eagle’s Wings]
Epistle: 1 Peter 2:11–20 [Living As Free Men]
Holy Gospel: John 16:16–22 [Grief Into Joy]

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