“Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
If you desire to delight yourself only in the Lord and are more solicitous for the increase of faith, love, and holiness than temporal happiness, and would even part with some earthly good, provided it would enlarge your spiritual welfare, this comes not from nature — but is an infallible mark of grace and regeneration; and the Lord shall give you also the desires of your heart, and even more than you desire.
Nothing can be more foolish than to harbor one or more secret lusts in our hearts, after we have been once awakened. We must certainly suffer for it; our conscience will check us; we cannot enjoy it with half the pleasure as before; our course is hindered, and our peace disturbed. How much more prudent and profitable, then, would it be, to forsake all and follow Christ, who only can satisfy the desires of our heart! Consider this, O my soul; act the wiser part; let your eye be single and cleave to Him alone; while others, seeking to serve two masters, God and mammon, are woefully disappointed at last, avoid this folly and be wholly for Christ. Thus you will be able to taste the crystal streams of His heavenly love. Only the true-hearted are really happy.
How vain are all things here below!
How false, and yet how fair!
Each pleasure has its poison too,
And every sweet a snare!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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