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

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“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3

  • Princes combat with flesh and blood. Christians wrestle with principalities and powers.
  • Princes engage in conflicts which are often suspended by a truce. Christians are not allowed a moment’s respite.

The former may make conditions of peace. The latter must refuse all overtures.

  • Princes may be vanquished — yet escape with their lives. Professed Christians can yield only at the expense of their salvation.

Therefore watch as for your life. Fight as for your soul. The enemies whom you see today, you shall see no more. When, having put them all to flight, you shall lay down your sword and take up your crown and sing, “Victory, victory!” forever, through the blood of the Lamb. Let then the prospect of heavenly glory fire you. Though your enemies be powerful, go forth against them in the strength of the Captain of your salvation.

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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