Introduction – Thursday
Daily Devotional Materials
– Thursday –
One thing is needful. – Luke 10:42.
Now it came to pass, as Jesus went with His disciples, that He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His Word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him and said: “Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.” And Jesus answered and said unto her: “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things; but one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42.) The one thing needful is, that Jesus’ Word be preached, heard and read. Nothing at all on earth is as important and necessary as this, and, certainly, nothing is more important and more necessary than this. For only through the preaching and hearing of the Word of Jesus is that faith wrought and sustained within us – sustained, I say – wherein we sinners stand before God and are justified and saved. Without this faith, which is sustained only and exclusively through the Word of Jesus, even the best of our works can by no means please God, for without such faith we ourselves cannot please God. So the preaching and the hearing of the Word of Jesus is the one thing needful. Let no one take this from you, O Christian!
PRAYER. – I thank Thee, my God, that Thou hast graciously given me Jesus’ Word, the Holy Gospel. Preserve it to me and mine, and to all believers! Let it have free course and increase upon earth! Give to me and all believers Thy Holy Ghost, that we may sincerely consider it the one thing needful, and gladly, diligently, and eagerly hear and learn it. Awaken hearts everywhere that heed the Word of Jesus and are thereby converted and saved. For Thou, God, are most good, and Thou earnestly want all men to be saved through faith in Christ Jesus, the only Savior. Amen.
Hymn 83, 3. 4. (ELHB)
2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. 10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
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- Read the book of Psalms
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