This Month's Promise

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved... ”

- (Joel 2:32)

Read: Psalm 119:89-96


“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40: 8)

Mary Jones was born in 1782. She was the daughter of a weaver living in a humble dwelling. She attended a Sunday School and was distinguished by her readiness to learn and repeat large portions of the Word of God. Although there had been many editions of the Welsh Bible published, there was none in poor Mary Jones’ house in Wales. The nearest Bible was two miles away from her house. So Mary carefully set aside all her pence, determined to buy a Bible of her own. After years of saving she succeeded in making up the sum necessary to buy a copy of the Welsh Bible. Bale was the nearest town in which a copy might be got and it was twenty-five miles away. But nothing daunted the girl. She walked all the way to Bale and arrived at Mr. Charles’ house where she could get the Bible. But after hearing her touching story Mr. Charles said, “I am sorry but I have no copy to give you. All the Bibles I received from London have been sold months before, except one or two which I have promised to keep for friends.” Mary Jones wept bitterly. The disappointment was too much for her. Mr. Charles could not bear her tears, and he gave her one of the promised Bibles. Mary placed the Bible in her bag and bade good-bye to Mr. Charles feeling grateful to him for letting her have what she considered the greatest of treasures. Her visit left a lasting impression on Mr. Charles. In 1802 he laid before the Committee of Religious Tract Society the pressing need of his country and related the story of Mary Jones. This awakened sympathy in every heart and it was then resolved to have a Bible Society for Wales and for all nations too. This was the origin of Bible Society! Mary lived to an old age. The Bible she bought at Bale was at her bedside when she passed away in 1864. She no longer required to read it. She knew all its promises by heart.

Dear friends, who would have thought that little Mary Jones’ journey to Bale would form a chain of events throughout the world in spreading the gospel! Do we have such passion for the Word of God? Remember, the Word of God is eternal. All other things of the world are just fleeting.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I have the Bible within my reach in my house. Yet how often I have failed to read it.! How often I have neglected it.! Forgive me. Give me a passion for Your Word. Let me consider the day a waste if I do not read Your Word. Amen.