“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves — but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Roman 12:19
Judge, then, my brethren, would it be wise to snatch the rod out of the all-powerful hand of God, to take it into our own, even were it in our power to do it? We are taught by the holy prophet not to avenge ourselves, it being daring presumption to usurp God’s providence and to step into His throne. He who chastises the nations, shall not He correct? Might may overcome right for a time, to try God’s children. But whether that is done with a close hand, so as not to be discovered, or with a high hand, so as not to be controlled, God will in due time show Himself and vindicate the honors of His slighted government. It is, therefore, our wisdom to call to mind our blessed Lord’s silence when He suffered and to copy after it, committing ourselves to Him that judges righteously.
Gracious Lord, give me the patience to bear the contradiction of sinners and the opposition of men, leaving my cause in Your hand and trusting Your providence for my vindication. You will then bring forth my righteousness as the light, and my judgment as the noon-day. Lord, fill me with love, pity, forbearance, and long-suffering, for the glory of Your own name! O to be Christ-like!
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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