“I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” 2 Kings 22:8
Some have supposed that the priests, to save themselves the trouble of writing, and the people of reading, the book at large, had furnished themselves with abstracts of the law, leaving out or slightly mentioning some parts thereof — particularly the threatenings; and therefore, Josiah, when he made the discovery of the whole, was the more affected, in consequence of having been brought up without the knowledge of it.
The book of God’s law seems, in our day also, to be lost as it regards many congregations of professed Christians. Imperfect accounts of it are given, which hide the promised blessings and the threatened curses. When this book by spiritual light is found, and on reading or hearing thereof, conviction reaches the conscience, it is a great instance of God’s favor, a token for good, and must be faithfully acknowledged as such.
Reader, are you truly apprehensive of the weight of God’s wrath and solicitous to obtain His favor? Seek earnestly, upon your knees and in the house of the Lord, redemption from the curses of the law. Pray that Jesus may be revealed to you. The blood of the Lamb of God alone can take away the guilt of sin. Having, therefore, found the law, rest not till you find the gospel also.
Josiah’s heart was tender; he wept and was encouraged. Refuse not to participate in his sorrow. So shall you receive favor, even as he did. Make the law of God your continual delight and counselor.
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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to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
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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