August 7

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 14:1-52; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Rom. 1:1-17

Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it. But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:19-20

What a contrast between God and idols. People speak to their idols and get only silence. When God speaks, all are to be silent. Yet even when He is silent, God speaks. As a sheep, silent before its shearers (Isaiah 53:7), the Lord Jesus spoke volumes about His hatred of sin and love for sinners. Friend, listen to God’s message and trust Christ today. —George Ferrier

Jesus bruised and put to shame, tells me all Jehovah’s name;
God is love, I surely know by the Saviour’s depths of woe.
—R. C. Chapman

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