“Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed.” Revelation 5:5
“The Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8
“Sin shall not have dominion over you.” Romans 6:14
Many complain that, though they will not turn back — yet they have no power to advance further. If this be your case, my reader, remember that the enemy of souls will discourage you. But go on praying and venture evermore upon the Lord. Consider how He awakened you at first, how often He has since heard your prayers and assisted you in many hard struggles. Surely He will help you now also. If that will not do, begin, as it were, afresh; acknowledge yourself guilty in every respect; and as the chief of sinners, plead for mercy and be instant in humble supplications — looking at the same time upon God as a reconciled Father through Christ, who is willing to pardon you and bless you, in spite of all your misery; then you will soon make a better progress. To despair of our own strength is good — but we must never despair of the power of Christ, who is risen from the dead and will enable you to overcome with Him at last. He will certainly help you in the due and best season. He has said, “As your day, so shall your strength be,” and He will make good His word. The creature’s day can never be a match for the Creator’s strength.
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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