October 16

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 18:1-37; Jeremiah 51:25-64; 1 Timothy 2:1-15

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36

In the independent republic of Singapore, people speak about the Singapore Dream of five C’s—cash, condominium, car, career and club membership. A person may have all of these and more, but without the most important C-Christ he will have absolutely nothing. True riches are found only in Him. What about you? Do you have Christ as your Saviour and Lord? —W. Ross Rainey

Now none but Christ can satisfy, None other name for me;
There’s love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.
—Author Unknown

October 15

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 17:1-41; Jeremiah 51:1-24; 1 Timothy 1:1-20

A woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. Luke 13:11

This woman’s testimony would focus on three things: one, she had a need; two, she had had this need for a long time; and three,she wanted this need taken care of. No doubt she had lost all sorts of opportunities—marriage, employment, a social life—but she remained diligent in her search for help. The seeking Saviour and the seeking sinner will always meet! Perhaps you have been in your sins for a long time; and, while things may seem hopeless, the Saviour is waiting to save you right now! —Craig Funston

He has called in love so constant; He has knocked so oft before; Yet your
heart’s door has not opened; now He comes and knocks once more.
—Author Unknown

October 14

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kgs. 15:32-16:20; Jer. 50:21-46; Titus 2:9-3:15

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; Isaiah 59:1

What words of hope to the sinner far from God and despairing of salvation! God is able to save even those who are farthest from Him, to hear their whispered prayer of repentance and confession, and to save. Should any be lost for eternity, they will never be able to lay charges against God regarding His willingness to save. No! It will be only their own willfulness and stubborn rebellion that will take them there. Dear soul, far from God, say with the publican as he stood afar off, beating his breast, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). —W. H. Burnett

Approach your God, make no delay, He waits to welcome you today;
His mercy try, nor longer doubt; He will in no wise cast you out.
—Author Unknown

October 13

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kgs. 14:23-15:31; Jer. 50:1-20; Titus 1:1-2:8

In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. Psalm 95:4

In October 2010, people rejoiced at the triumph of the human spirit as 33 Chilean miners were safely rescued from the deep places of the earth. The human spirit there was greatly influenced by the miners’ faith in God and by the earnest prayers of family and friends. The men wore t-shirts as they surfaced. On the front it read, “Thank you, Lord.” On the back were the words of the above verse. Our media avoids any recognition of faith in God. Yet God’s goodness will receive testimony. How good to see Him acknowledged and honoured. —Brian Powlesland

High in the heav’ns, eternal God, Thy goodness in full glory shines;
Thy truth shall break through every cloud, that darkens Thy designs.
—Isaac Watts

October 12

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 13:1-14:22; Jer. 49:1-39; Hebrews 13:7-25

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:8, KJV

“Dozens Homeless from Flooding.” “Five People Dead in Wake of Tornado.” Such events headlined by the media are termed “acts of God.” Where are the newspaper articles stating that the gorgeous sunset, or the much needed rain were acts of God? These we take for granted. And what about the supreme Act of God? Isaiah 53:4-5 points us to Christ who was “smitten of God” when “He was wounded for our transgressions” (KJV). You can take the rest of God’s gifts for granted if you wish, but if you avoid this supreme act of God you will be lost forever. Come to Him today. —D. Logan

Gone my transgressions and now I am free, All because Jesus was
wounded for me. —W. G. Ovens

October 11

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 11:1-12:21; Jer. 48:1-47; Hebrews 12:18-13:6

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and…He was buried, and…He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, NKJV

The work done by the Lord at Calvary was something only He could do. He was the only One who could take away sin—the sinless died for the sinner. He was the only One who could raise Himself from the dead! How wonderful! He is alive and able to cleanse anyone who puts their trust in Him. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9, NKJV). —Jim Paul

There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin, He only could
unlock the gate of heaven and let us in. —Cecil Frances Alexander

October 10

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 10:1-36; Jeremiah 45:1-47:7; Hebrews 12:1-17

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43

A young man, careless of his soul’s destiny, said to a Christian friend, “I’m all right, thank you. You need not trouble yourself about me. I shall go in for enjoying life while it lasts, and then, at the end, I’ll get saved by believing on the Lord Jesus—like the dying thief, you know.” “I see,” replied his friend, “but when the end comes, which dying thief will you be like? There were two of them, you remember.” Don’t delay—come to Christ today! —Wade LeBlanc

There is life in a look at the Crucified One, There is life at this
moment for thee. Then look, sinner, look unto Him and be saved,
Unto Him who was nailed to the tree. —A. M. Hull

October 9

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 9:1-37; Jeremiah 44:1-30; Hebrews 11:17-40

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

These are words of personal invitation. We are invited to come to a Person, not to a church, a creed or an organization. “Come to me,” the Lord Jesus says. Joining a church will not save you or solve your spiritual problems. Yet many have joined churches and attended meetings without ever finding the rest that comes with salvation. Are you one of them, my friend? In order to find true rest, forgiveness of sins and a new life in Christ, you must come to Him. Delay no longer. Do it today! —Carl Knott

Come to the Saviour, make no delay,
Here in His Word He has shown us the way. —G. F. Root

October 8

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 8:1-29; Jer. 42:7-43:13; Hebrews 11:1-16

And he cast down the pieces of silver…and went and hanged himself. Matthew 27:5, KJV

What a tragic ending! For three years the Lord had sought to mould Judas’ life, like a potter moulds clay. Finally the clay was too hard and had to be rejected. Judas committed suicide and was buried in the place set aside for strangers. Will you respond to the claims of Christ upon your life before your heart becomes hardened by sin? If you continue to reject the Saviour you will end up on the “rubbish heap of eternity.” Friend, don’t become another wasted life—a stranger to God. —David Croudace

I’ve wasted many precious years, now I’m coming home;
I now repent with bitter tears, Lord I’m coming home.
—W. J. Kirkpatrick

October 7

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kgs. 6:24-7:20; Jer. 41:1-42:6; Heb. 10:19-39

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:8

Although sin abounded upon the face of the earth, God, through His grace, provided a remedy. The ark was completely covered inside and outside with pitch (the word used for “atonement”) for security. Only those who went into the ark were saved from the waters of judgment. In due time God, in the riches of His grace, sent His only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sins. On the cross Christ bore God’s judgment in our stead. Christ is the only ark of safety. Are you resting in Him today? —E. MacLelland

Grace all the work shall crown Through everlasting days:
It lays in heaven the topmost stone, And well deserves the praise.
—P. Doddridge