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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” - Romans 8:28 (NIV).

There is a popular saying that the end justifies the means! This truism has been used to justify all sorts of wickedness to achieve a greater cause. Revolutions have been waged where excess were unsparingly exerted on populations because the end which is perceived as a paradise justifies whatever means used.

In the Christian life we can go through a host of life’s challenges. These could be caused of own folly or sometimes the fact that we live on a cursed earth where things are not supposed to be perfect (Genesis 2:17). When we are going through these challenges it can be frustrating and perhaps we may be tempted to lose hope.

The Israelites were besotted with many challenges too as they journeyed from Egypt to the Promised Land. So harsh at times they were often prone to rebellion, even wishing to return back to the old life they had left behind in Egypt. Their leader Moses was often pushed to the limit.

What makes this journey meaningful is that while the Israelites may have felt overwhelmed with the difficulties they were facing, there was a God who already knew the end. As almighty God is sovereign and all-knowing none of their trails came as a surprise. And while they may have for lack of this knowledge been driven to desperateness, there was a God who already knew that if all trusted Him, in spite of all, the difficulties mounting around, they would emerge victorious. 

The idea that the end justifies the mean is a worldly view and has caused so much needless suffering especially when revolutions do not yield the expected paradise. However, when we walk with God, whatever the harshness we encounter, in life, there is hope that God knows the outcome and in the end it is all worth whatever we go through.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, what a comfort is it to know that as a believer there is a meaning in whatever challenges I encounter in this life, and more, you know the outcome, which is perfect in you.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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