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

Hope for Today - Daily Devotion

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“The fear of man brings a snare.” Proverbs 29:25

“Do not be conformed to this world.” Romans 12:2

“If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

How many people swell with pride and vanity for the things that are admired in the world? How fearful are many of having their houses poorly furnished or themselves poorly clothed? How often do people yield to the haughtiness and ill-nature of others and show a submissive temper?  All because one dares not pass for a poor-spirited person in the opinion of the world!

How many wish to be real Christians and would carefully practice Christian temperance and sobriety, were it not for the censure which the world passes upon such a life?  Others have frequent intentions of living up to the standards of the Christian religion but are frightened by considering what the world would say of them. Thus the impression received from living in the world enslaves our minds.  Many dare not attempt to be eminent in the sight of God and holy angels for fear of being little in the eyes of the world.

Reader, how is it with you? What can the world do for you in sickness, death, and judgment? Make serious reflection on this. And with prayer to God, may the snares of the world upon your life be broken.

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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