“While the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.” Matthew 25:5
O that I may be roused out of my slumber, and be watchful and ready for the coming of my Bridegroom! How many are there that set out, in good earnest, in their way to Heaven, and run well for some time — but at last are lulled to rest and entangled again with a false notion of liberty! Even the wise virgins fell asleep.
Let this be a warning to me, O Lord! Set a guard before my eyes, ears, and other faculties — lest the world should again enter through these avenues to the heart. If the spark is not speedily extinguished — it will soon break out into a flame; thus sin is of a progressive nature, and its venom spreads quickly and very wide unless it is stopped and opposed in time.
Watch, therefore, over this unsteady heart of mine, O Keeper of Israel, that as soon as it begins to wander from You, I may be alarmed and may flee from sin as from a serpent! Give me grace to look upon every hour as my last, so that, being ever wisely upon my guard — I may meet You with joy when my time is run out, whenever it shall please You to call me hence.
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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