Hope for Today: A Daily Devotion from Reasons for Hope*Jesus
“He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer.” Psalm 102:17
“They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” Psalm 34:5 [See also Matthew 15:21-28, Luke 11:5-13, 18:1-8, Matthew 8:24-27.]
The load of outward and inward affliction is not always removed soon after the utterance of supplication, however sincere. Sometimes it is requisite, after much importunity, to wait from day to day, and even to endure additional distress; how else could faith and patience be exercised?
If, therefore, the trial be sharp and lasting, it is not to weaken our faith — but to stir us up to be more diligent and earnest in prayer and the right use of the Word of God; and thus to be so much more strengthened in faith; for whatever God sends upon us, it is not for the lessening — but for the increase of our faith and for the confirming our trust in Him who, while He remembers that we are dust, makes perfect His strength in our weakness. Bear in mind, then, that delays are not denials. The Lord may make you wait — but He will not let you lack. His word is true, and His faithfulness will be illustrated and confirmed in His dealings with you. Trust in Him, therefore, and be not afraid. The Lord will appear.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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