“My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” John 5:17
O my soul, rely on the Divine power, which is ever active and cannot fail to destroy your sins and fulfill the good pleasure of God in you. He is our All; we are nothing and can do nothing. Happy are we, that we can have Him for our support in all things; and that the children of God are not required to direct their own steps — but shall be led by their heavenly Father.
Now, O Lord, since by the will and workings of my own heart I throw only so many hindrances and blocks in my way, grant, I beseech You, that in true dependence on You, I may venture everything; and despairing of my own sufficiency, may always abide in You, draw all necessary strength from You by prayer, and bring forth many good fruits, which may last to eternity. Your work in true believers, weak as it may seem now, will last forever, and none shall be able to destroy it.
Work in me mightily, both to will and to do of Your own good pleasure; and as the effect of Your working in me, may I work for Your glory, the spread of Your truth, and the conversion of souls to Jesus. Lord, I would live to honor You and be a blessing to all around me. O take me and make me meet for Your use, and then employ me in Your cause.
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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