“Behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.” Hosea 2:14
“Come, my beloved, let us go forth to the field; let us lodge in the villages.” Song of Solomon 7:11
O Lord, this world is nothing to me but a wilderness, a place of tribulation, where being tossed to and fro, I enjoy no rest. But when I lift up my heart and look for peace in You, I am supported and comforted. Grant that I may thus be strengthened for the time to come, whenever I am at a loss what course to take. Let me always firmly believe You to be a present help in trouble, who is able and willing to bear me up under all outward distresses until I shall safely arrive at the rest appointed for the people of God. And give me the fortitude to endure whatever You shall bring upon me, and to improve all the trying dispensations of Your providence. Often allure me from the world into secret fellowship with Yourself, and speak words of comfort and peace to my troubled heart. Let my visits to You be frequent, sensible, and refreshing, like the visits of the wearied and exhausted tradesman, leaving the town to visit the object of his love in his quiet and beautiful country residence. Amen.
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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