“But the more they afflicted them — the more they multiplied and grew…. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage…. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.” Exodus 1:12, 2:23, 35
The more we are oppressed by our spiritual and temporal enemies — the more will the kingdom of God increase in and through us. And when trouble and dangers oppress us most — God hastens to our aid and makes our necessity itself the means of our relief.
What a disastrous period was that during which the children of the Israelites were cast into the river! But God was even preparing for them, in Moses, their deliverer. When Moses came, they were not relieved immediately, for their calamities increased.
This was God’s method. They cried the more to God, and He relieved them by signs and wonders. After this, their distress was greater than ever at the Red Sea. (For, after God has shown His glory in assisting us — He can still send greater trials.) But, when they were beset on all sides by distress and death — then came the most glorious support of all, and their enemies perished in the Red Sea.
Lord, allow us not to despair in any extremity — but cause us to believe and feel that the greater our distress, the nearer and more glorious will be Your aid; that man’s extremity is Your opportunity; and that at evening time, it shall be light.
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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