Devotion for December 20
By byFaith Staff

Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Rom. 15:4).

As Christians, we lean on God’s promise that he will work all things together for our ultimate good (Rom. 8:28). But how do we know that promise is real, and how does it reach deep into our hearts, banishing all fear and doubt?  

The Apostle Paul reminds us that everything that is in the Bible is painting a picture of God’s purpose through time, trials, and triumphs that culminates in the saving work of Jesus.

When we see how comprehensive is God’s plan, how resolute his love, and how eternal his purpose, then we are encouraged despite present trials and enabled to endure them. God is working all for good; he’s proven it over and over – especially at the cross.

Scriptures grand design helps rescue us from debilitating worry and anxiety as we face the troubles of a fallen world. Since nothing on earth can separate us from his eternal love, we persevere in Gods grace until his purposes for us and our world are fulfilled!

Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that my life both now and forever is in your hands. Help that wonderful truth to banish my fears and doubts, and to build the encouragement and endurance needed for every trial!

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