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

Hope for Today - Daily Devotion

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“I am like a green cypress tree.” Hosea 14:8

“I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground.” Malachi 3:11 [See also Isaiah 27:2, 6.]

Is it not a disagreeable thing for a gardener to see the finest blossoms and fruits destroyed by the caterpillars? Does it not rejoice him to see all the branches bow with ripe fruit?

O heavenly Gardener, grant that I may not displease You! Let me abide in Christ, my true Vine, and always bring forth good fruits. But since every fruit has its enemies and You have no sooner produced what is good than the insects of sin endeavor to destroy it, I beseech You to make me watchful and diligent. Rebuke the devourer and preserve me as a branch of Christ, night and day, as You have promised; that my fruits may endure to eternity. The fruitfulness of the gardens and vineyards, which Your right hand has planted, glorifies Your name. O that I may contribute largely to that noblest end of all human, all angelic actions! Let the crystal stream which proceeds from Your throne fertilize the soil in which You permit me to grow. Spirit of God, make me very fruitful!

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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