Ever Seen This Devotional?

Daily Light for Everyday

I recently stumbled across this uniquely invaluable devotional (scripture only, no comments) first published in the King James Version in Great Britain in 1794 by the Samuel Bagster family, a forerunner of Marshall Pickering, a publishing company of 644 works between 1888 & 2021, bought by Harper and Row in 1988, now part of Harper Collins. Published now by Thomas Nelson in the New King James Version and copyright 1998 by Anne Graham Lotz.

The verse printed in bold at the top of the page following the date gives the theme for the verses that follow. At the back of this Lotz volume are selected Scriptural readings for Life’s Moments: the Seasons of Life, Special Occasions  in Life, Sufferings in Life, Success in Life, Struggles in Life, Strength for Life, and Salvation of Life. The Scripture reference for each verse is given at the bottom of the page.

Even better, the Bagster family edition is available free on the internet at “dailylightdevotional.org” for your convenience on the go.

I was going to publish this back on May 7, but it was preempted apparently. Therefore this May 7 date rather than today’s, was typed up. Today’s scripture from Aug 18 morning reading really spoke to me, especially the last scripture from Deut 29:29. Since I have not time to type them all, I’ll just give you this verse from the NKJV ” The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and our children.” The Message reads “God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this revelation.” referring to the Covenant Oath from Deut 29 given the children of Israel by Moses on the plains of Moab. Understand, I prefer to interpret and apply this verse to a broader more inclusive aspect of discerning foundational truths for living as Christ followers today. Yes, including even the Rapture, Tribulation, etc.

So, since these future events are on the table, and as said prior, I for one am at the bottom of this learning curve and am merely seeking basic truths to live by. It is my aim to stimulate such an interest in your reading/listening as well in our preparation for these future events. And I believe Scripture is the key foundation for such revelations, and yes, even though there may well be author’s personalities and preferences involved, our foundation is first, based on Scripture. Much can be said for Spirit and “in community” revelations of truth vs. only reading or hearing them from others, and frequently, perhaps even then, with ulterior motives.

I say all the above to accent why I personally am increasingly preferring to read from Scripture each morning rather than only devotionals. The insights I receive daily from my One Year Bible and this dailylightdevotional.org without any editorializing has been refreshing and invaluable to me on my pilgrimage lately. Now understand, I still always read Chamber’s Utmost, and even other devotionals, but my One Year Bible and Daily Light are always first; the other devotionals come after, and understand, that’s just me, as I believe aspiring writers must consume relevant print constantly. Now onto an example of Bagster’s work.

May 7

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled.

God is our refuge and strength., a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. <> Come my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself as it were, for a little moment, until you’re the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. <> In the shadow of your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. <> Your life is hidden with Christ in God.

He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Matt 24:6; Ps.46:1-3; Isa 26:20-21; Ps. 57:1; Col 3:3; Ps. 112:7; John 16:33

I’m not sure where we’re going on tomorrow’s blog. This was certainly not planned for today. It’s best if we live in the moment as He leads. Blessings today!