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We live in difficult days. If you peruse the headlines it’s easy to be overwhelmed by contentious politics, random violence, social discord, international terrorism, and other conflicts. Add to this the hardships of everyday life―disease, divorce, job loss, wayward children, and too many more to name―it’s not surprising that so many people experience a growing sense of hopelessness.

How do we deal with hopelessness? From whom can we find comfort? Today devotional has assembled a special series of devotions titled, Our Only Comfort: A Devotional Series for Hard Times, to speak to questions like these.  

The series draws its title from the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism:

  • Question #1: “What is your only comfort in life and in death?”
  • Answer #1: “That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”

This series take hold of God’s promise that in Christ no trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, or anything else in creation, can separate us from the love of God: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:35-37).

These devotions offer encouragement to anyone struggling with anxiety and hardship, and point to where true comfort comes from amid apparent chaos. They point to real hope―not the fervent wish in the modern sense of hope (“I hope we win!”), but rather the kind of hope based in the certainty of God’s goodness, providence, and his gift of salvation.

In sharp contrast to the tone of the news, “Our Only Comfort” helps us face trouble with firm confidence in Christ’s promise to be with us “always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). Readers can sign-up for the series by subscribing to the Today daily devotional. The devotions are available as a 21-day email series (see below) or, for those looking for something briefer, a 7-day abridged version.

In our troubled times, this special devotional series from Today helps us lean into our only true comfort, our Savior Jesus Christ.

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