Hope for Today: A Daily Devotion from Reasons for Hope*Jesus

Hope for Today - Daily Devotion

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“For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” Exodus 33:16

Reader, do you adopt the language of Moses and request with him that in all your removals, God’s presence may go with you? That you be not permitted to stir without this distinguishing testimony that you are in the path of duty? Are you waiting upon the Lord, earnest to serve Him in sincerity and truth, not being conformed to this world — but transformed by the renewing of your mind, and desirous to be numbered with His peculiar people?

Then you may expect the Divine blessing, and that your way will be prosperous. It was a distinguishing privilege of the Israelites, that they were to “dwell alone,” and not to be reckoned among the nations; and it is the privilege and duty of the church to be separate and distinct from the world.

We are a separate people in the love of God, in our election in Christ, in the covenant of grace made with us in Him, in effectual calling, in our being seated with Him at His right hand in the day of judgment, and in our being with Him for all eternity. Nor are we reckoned among the nations — but are called out of them and generally treated as the refuse and off-scouring of all things. We do not reckon ourselves to be of the world — but as pilgrims and strangers in it.

O my God, separate me from the world. Conform me to Yourself. And may all acknowledge me as Yours!

Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (16901774)

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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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