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This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Since 1901 when these words by New York Presbyterian minister Maltbie D Babcock were posthumously published, the world has passed through two world wars and the cold war as well as numerous other conflicts and skirmishes.

Now we face a worldwide struggle with COVID-19.

Take courage. As a Christian be glad in the knowledge that indeed this is our Father’s world, and He is still on the throne.

In my devotions this morning I read from Romans where the Apostle Paul said: “for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” Romans 14:8.

So we have confidence to take each day as it comes.

Richard Wurmbrand said, “I have had moments of knowing the victory of faith in prison. I have also had moments of despair. I thank God for both. The latter had some good in them, in that they showed me my limitations and taught me not to rely on my victories, nor on my faith, but on the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.”

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid…” John 14:27.

In the midst of all these troubles, our brothers and sisters in Christ still face persecution. Let us take courage and continue to do what God has called us to do – to “remember them that are in bonds”.

Merv Knight.
Voice of the Martyrs Australia