with a daily devotion
Evening Meditations for October 5
Yet a little while, (Gr. how little, how little,) and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.—HEB. 10:37.
Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence.—Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and plenteous in mercy and truth.—Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”
Mr. MacDonald asked the inhabitants of the island of St. Kilda how a man must be saved. An old man replied, “We shall be saved if we repent, and forsake our sins, and turn to God.” “Yes,” said a middle-aged female, “and with a true heart too.” “Aye,” rejoined a third, “and with prayer”; and, added a fourth, “It must be the prayer of the heart.” “And we must be diligent too,” said a fifth, “in keeping the commandments.” Thus, each having contributed his mite, feeling that a very decent creed had been made up, they all looked and listened for the preacher’s approbation, but they had aroused his deepest pity. The carnal mind always maps out for itself a way in which self can work and become great, but the Lord’s way is quite the reverse. Believing and being baptized are no matters of merit to be gloried in—they are so simple that boasting is excluded, and free grace bears the palm. It may be that the reader is unsaved—what is the reason? Do you think the way of salvation as laid down in the text to be dubious? How can that be when God has pledged his own word for its certainty? Do you think it too easy? Why, then, do you not attend to it? Its ease leaves those without excuse who neglect it. To believe is simply to trust, to depend, to rely upon Christ Jesus. To be baptized is to submit to the ordinance which our Lord fulfilled at Jordan, to which the converted ones submitted at Pentecost, to which the jailer yielded obedience the very night of his conversion. The outward sign saves not, but it sets forth to us our death, burial, and resurrection with Jesus, and, like the Lord’s Supper, is not to be neglected. Reader, do you believe in Jesus? Then, dear friend, dismiss your fears, you shall be saved. Are you still an unbeliever, then remember there is but one door, and if you will not enter by it you will perish in your sins.
14. Proverbs of Solomon
1Every wise woman buildeth her house;
But the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands.
2He that walketh in his uprightness feareth Jehovah;
But he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his pride;
But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4Where no oxen are, the crib is clean;
But much increase is by the strength of the ox.
5A faithful witness will not lie;
But a false witness uttereth lies.
6A scoffer seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not;
But knowledge is easy unto him that hath understanding.
7Go into the presence of a foolish man,
And thou shalt not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.
8The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way;
But the folly of fools is deceit.
9A trespass-offering mocketh fools;
But among the upright there is good will.
10The heart knoweth its own bitterness;
And a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy.
11The house of the wicked shall be overthrown;
But the tent of the upright shall flourish.
12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man;
But the end thereof are the ways of death.
13Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful;
And the end of mirth is heaviness.
14The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways;
And a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
15The simple believeth every word;
But the prudent man looketh well to his going.
16A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil;
But the fool beareth himself insolently, and is confident.
17He that is soon angry will deal foolishly;
And a man of wicked devices is hated.
18The simple inherit folly;
But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19The evil bow down before the good;
And the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.
20The poor is hated even of his own neighbor;
But the rich hath many friends.
21He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth;
But he that hath pity on the poor, happy is he.
22Do they not err that devise evil?
But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
23In all labor there is profit;
But the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
24The crown of the wise is their riches;
But the folly of fools is only folly.
25A true witness delivereth souls;
But he that uttereth lies causeth deceit.
26In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence;
And his children shall have a place of refuge.
27The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life,
That one may depart from the snares of death.
28In the multitude of people is the king's glory;
But in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
29He that is slow to anger is of great understanding;
But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh;
But envy is the rottenness of the bones.
31He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker;
But he that hath mercy on the needy honoreth him.
32The wicked is thrust down in his evil-doing;
But the righteous hath a refuge in his death.
33Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding;
But that which is in the inward part of fools is made known.
34Righteousness exalteth a nation;
But sin is a reproach to any people.
35The king's favor is toward a servant that dealeth wisely;
But his wrath will be against him that causeth shame.
17. The Transfiguration
1And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: 2and he was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as the light. 3And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him. 4And Peter answered, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, I will make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. 5While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 6And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 7And Jesus came and touched them and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, save Jesus only.
40How oft did they rebel against him in the wilderness,
And grieve him in the desert!
41And they turned again and tempted God,
And aprovoked the Holy One of Israel.
42They remember not his hand,
Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;
43How he set his signs in Egypt,
And his wonders in the field of Zoan,
44And turned their rivers into blood,
And their streams, so that they could not drink.
45He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them;
And frogs, which destroyed them.
46He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar,
And their labor unto the locust.
47He adestroyed their vines with hail,
And their sycomore-trees with afrost.
48He gave over their cattle also to the hail,
And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger,
Wrath, and indignation, and trouble,
aA band of angels of evil.
50He amade a path for his anger;
He spared not their soul from death,
But gave atheir life over to the pestilence,
51And smote all the first-born in Egypt,
The achief of their strength in the tents of Ham.
52But he led forth his own people like sheep,
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53And he led them safely, so that they feared not;
But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary,
To this amountain, which his right hand had gotten.
55He drove out the nations also before them,
And allotted them for an inheritance by line,
And made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.