“We wish to see Jesus.” John 12:21
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” John 5:39
It is remarkable that the wise men, traveling to find Christ, followed only the star. As long as they had the star in view, they were assured that they were in the right way, and we may believe had great pleasure in their journey. But when they entered Jerusalem (whereas the star led them not there — but to Bethlehem), they were still at a loss to determine where the newborn Savior was to be found. They had lost sight of the star that should guide them there.
When we are inquiring about the doctrine of Christ and feel anxious to approach Him, let us keep in view the star of God’s word. This will indeed prove a light to our paths by following which, while others are misled by the meteors of imagination, we shall be brought to the knowledge of Christ here, and to the full enjoyment of Him hereafter.
Reader, the whole design of short devotions is to lead you to “search the Scriptures,” which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s word, rightly used, always leads to Jesus.
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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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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