October 19

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 21:19-22:20; Lam. 2:1-22; 1 Timothy 5:1-25

it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27, KJV

An 80-year-old man knew it would happen, but, wishing not to inconvenience anyone, he assured his family he would drive himself to the funeral home. He did and was found reclining, but dead, in his car safely parked at the funeral home. Hopefully, he had prepared for the balance of his journey into the presence of God. Our verse concludes by saying there is “after death the judgment.” Are you ready to meet God if you were called on to do so today? —Arnot McIntee

Where will you spend eternity? This question comes to you and me.
Tell me, what shall your answer be? Where will you spend eternity?
—E. A. Hoffman

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

October 17

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 19:1-37; Jeremiah 52:1-34; 1 Timothy 3:1-16

It is finished. John 19:30, KJV
It is enough. Genesis 45:28, KJV

In His own body on the tree the Lord Jesus finished the work. Redemption is complete. Nothing remains to be done, for nothing can be added to a finished work. The holy Sin-bearer has paid the penalty in full and has exhausted the judgment which was due to us. In confirmation of His acceptance of the sacrifice, God has raised Him from the dead, and, like old Jacob, we see the evidence of this and exclaim, “It is enough.” —Jim Flanigan

I need no other argument, I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me.
—Eliza Edmunds Hewitt

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