“Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns.” Ephesians 5:19
“Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns.” Colossians 3:16
If we are obliged to promote the temporal good of our neighbor, how much more the spiritual by edifying discourses! But how often have we occasion to remark that the children of God seem at a loss for conversation, or slide into unprofitable subjects! It would be well for them if at such seasons, they were thus to appeal on high: “O my God, here I receive a guest, and having nothing to set before him, I pray You to give what will prove wholesome food both for him and myself.” They would often be indulged with a gracious answer, and thus at once receive and convey spiritual improvement. Some, affecting to be philosophers, mock at Divine things and even at prayer, as if we needed no other help than our own depraved reason and will. But what Saint Paul says (Romans 1:22), is fulfilled in them: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” What will become of these poor scoffers upon their dying bed, and at the day of judgment? O that they would take warning while it is time, and now, even now, ere the day of mercy is forever past, turn to the only refuge of the guilty! Lord, send Your Spirit to convince, convert, and thoroughly turn them to Yourself.
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
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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