October 18

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 20:1-21:18; Lam. 1:1-22; 1 Timothy 4:1-16

Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Jeremiah 9:1 

Jeremiah was chosen to deliver prophecies of judgment because he had a soft heart and loved the people. Because God tells the truth about things like sin and hell, His message can sometimes be a solemn one. But God wants people to share even the hard parts of His gospel, and to do it with a “fountain of tears” and a heart that hurts. God is not willing that any should perish. His heart breaks over the lost. Are you lost? Come to Him today. —Brian Russell

Jesus loves me—He who died Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin, Let His little child come in.
—Anna Bartlett Warner

Friday, October 18, 2019

2 Kings 20:1-21:18; Lamentations 1:1-22; 1 Timothy 4:1-16

Making the word of God of none effect. Mark 7:13

The car radio was on and it was an interesting interview with
a leading British politician, who was also a member of the Anglican
synod. At one stage he responded to a question by saying that
“The Bible was the handmaiden of the church”. Sadly many may
believe such a statement. Yet that is to reduce the Bible gravely and
to make it of none effect. Authority does not lie with the church but
with the revealed will of God in the Bible. It is the Word of God
that should govern all aspects of the life and belief of the Christian.
Let us submit to its precepts today. —Paul Young

Cling to the Bible, though all else be taken;
Lose not its precepts, so precious and pure;
Souls that are sleeping its tidings awaken;
Life from the dead in its promise sure. —M. J. Smith