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