August 9, 2022     3:46 pm
347. Week of Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
          Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.   Romans 12:12
          Dear Christian, child of God, you are an heir of eternal salvation. And you can and must be sure, yes, altogether sure of eternal salvation. Just stay with the Word of Jesus in true faith; abide with Jesus! Then you will be saved. Jesus says: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give to them eternal life." Are you troubled with doubts, my dear Christian? Do you think that the devil, the world, and your flesh might, after all, pluck you out of Jesus' hand? Indeed they might as far as you are concerned, but not when you consider Jesus. He furthermore says concerning you and all His sheep: "And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them to Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one." (John 10:27-30) You can and must be sure of eternal salvation, indeed, of eternal salvation. What a blessed hope! At the end of your earthly pilgrimage, which may be a very miserable one, this hope glitters like a beautiful, cheering, beckoning star, illumining your heavenward path. Rejoice in hope, in this hope! Oh indeed, this hope, growing out of faith, cannot but make us rejoice, exceedingly so, yes, so exultingly as to make our body and soul fairly quiver with joy. God, O God, make us, your children, rejoice in hope. And make us patient in tribulation; yes, indeed, patient in tribulation. Tribulation will have to be borne for a brief time only, and then we shall enjoy that bliss which will endure forever. And tribulation works for your good, for your salvation. Hence be patient, very patient in tribulation! And continue instant in prayer! Pray to God for help against everything that troubles you, and for everything you need for the eternal salvation which He has so solemnly promised to give you. Will He deny to give you what you pray for? That is impossible. Therefore, rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, continue instant in prayer!
          PRAYER: - My God, my God, I see right well that You desire me to rejoice in hope and to be patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer, and You are willing, yes, You surely will help me to enter eternal joy and bliss. Here, then, am I, O gracious God; fill me with the fullness of Your grace! Amen.

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