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

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“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain — to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:12

O Lord, what low and slight notions I have of Your great power! By these, I am discouraged — and You are robbed of Your praise. Grant, therefore, that, though I would always be duly abased, and convinced of my vileness in such a manner as never to ascribe any good to myself or think myself worthy of the least thing (for at the best I am but an unprofitable servant). Yet Your grace and power may at the same time appear to me abundantly greater than all my sins, so that I may have always encouragement enough to believe in and praise Your holy name.

Holy Spirit, glorify Jesus in me, and before me — that I may see His worth, trust His blood, taste His love, and be made happy in Him. Then, O then, shall I unite with all the saints on earth and all the hosts of Heaven — in ascribing power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing to His dear, dear name. O for high and exalted thoughts of Jesus — that my heart may glow with love to Him!

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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