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

Hope for Today - Daily Devotion

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“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

This is a free invitation to every weary and heavy laden sinner, made by Him who alone is able to take away the load and guilt of sin. Every person under the pressure of sin not only may — but must, come to Jesus, thus laden with a consciousness of guilt — if he hopes to succeed for pardon. While we endeavor to prepare our way by self-created claims — we rather fill it with stumbling-blocks, whereby our souls are hindered from attaining to the salvation of Christ.

Christ would have us to believe on Him who justifies the ungodly; He came as a Physician for the sick and does not expect that they should recover their health in the least degree before they come to Him. The cure is entirely His own; and thus He shows forth the exceeding riches of His grace, pardoning our sins and saving us freely (Ephesians 2:5, 9).

It is no affront to Christ, no contempt of the justice and holiness of God — to come to God while we are consciously unworthy of His favor. But rather, it is an affront to the saving grace, merit, and fullness of Jesus — if we endeavor to make ourselves righteous and holy before we receive Christ Himself, and all holiness and righteousness in Him by faith.

Reader, all you need is in Christ! Come to Him at His bidding; receive and enjoy repose.

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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