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Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:19-20).

We humans worry about what the future will bring.  The future is not in our hands.  Sinners are in the world and they bring bad things into this world.  God brings grace and mercy.  The two will play against each other until the end of the age.  What then?  Only this: look to the Lord knowing that all things are in His hands.  Rejoice always in the Lord and live in His promise.

Lord teach me the simplicity of loving and living in Your presence and will.  Guide me away from fretting over things I can do nothing about, and help me to live into the hope You give through grace.  Guide me, O Lord, so that I may now and always humbly abide in You and You in me.  Keep me close to You, knowing that all things, time included, are in Your hands.  Then lead me to live as one who is always in Your presence.

Lord Jesus, You have given us the example of how to live.  You knew You would die.  Unlike us, You knew where and how.  But You pressed on.  Lead me to learn how to press on so that I may live the life You have called me to live.  Guide me in Your goodness to know that in You alone is all hope and the only future worth living.  Let me be afraid of nothing because I know You are with me and for me.  Amen.

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