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07/05/2023 - 08/05/2023 All day

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass”  (I Thessalonians 5:24).

The story of Jonah about a prophet sent to the city of Nineveh with a call for the people to turn back to God is instructive as then on several grounds. First, it reveals a God who is interested in human affairs, that He picks up someone to warn a nation of impending doom if it does not yield and change her ways.

Then, secondly, in an interesting twist, the person given the task shuns the idea, preferring to “mind his own business”! What happens thereafter is just as revealing. Troubles befell Jonah, but not only him, even those whom he had taken refuge to ( Jonah 1:4-5).

Hereto, we see that Jonah’s disobedience has not only consequences for him but also those others around him. One persons folly can sometimes cause grief to many other innoncent people close.

Ultimately Jonah makes good and returns to the city of Nineveh to call it to repentance. “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened” ( Jonah 3:10).

Just as it were, there is always someone God is calling to do His work for a time. And just as then any could reject. Because God loves His people He will cause a set of circumstances for that person to yield back to His call. In the case of Jonah it was a severe storm on the seas. But for others there are different storms meant to get their attention. Such could be roadblocks in the way and it’s quite clear one has to make a U turn for there is no way ahead!

Prayer today: Lord father God of creation, as you had to bring a storm for Jonah to turn around and do your will, and so I pray I may obedient to your call, for you are a faithful God!

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    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
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    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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