“And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” Psalm 130:8
“O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble.” Jeremiah 14:8
“In wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2
Despair not, O my soul, in any tribulation or conflict, as if it were impossible to overcome. The healing word of God contains advice and comfort for all cases. The Lord, being your Helper in all adversities and able to turn the sharpest afflictions into the greatest blessings, would never smite if He were not willing to heal, nor withhold from you one privilege, if He had not a better to substitute.
O Lord, I trust You will carry me through all difficulties. Though my misery and weakness were ever so great — yet there is nothing too great for You. It is all one to You, to help in great and small distresses; nay, the more I am surrounded with grief and weakness, the more will You pity, spare, and nourish me, as a tender mother does the least of all her children. And the more occasion there will be to display Your mighty salvation. The sharper and longer my distress and conflicts have been, the nearer, greater, and sweeter, I trust, will also be my victory and salvation. The same Lord who has assured me that I shall not be tried above measure, has also engaged to lead me on, conquering, till at length all my enemies are subdued. My soul, wait only upon God; from Him comes my salvation.
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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When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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