Hope for Today: A Daily Devotion from Reasons for Hope*Jesus
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” Psalm 42:11
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
Believers, we are here assured, may be in great distress. But, though much perplexed and often discouraged, they are secretly held up by faith and brought off conquerors. If God had commanded us to pray and hope only till a certain time, and His help had failed to come within that time, we might justly despond. But since He requires us to hope even to the end or the last moment of life, this should keep us from impatience and despair. For though He should tarry even to the end, believers will certainly find Him then to be faithful to His promise. He may try our faith and patience to the utmost — but He cannot break His own word.
Dear Lord, whatever load You are pleased to lay upon me, enable me to wait, in faith and prayer, till the joyful hour of deliverance comes. Give me patience and a spirit of persevering prayer, that I may at last rejoice in Your delivering grace.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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