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06/05/2023 - 07/05/2023 All day

“But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it” ( Numbers 14:24).

Have you ever heard of a saying “going against a tide”! Here are a happy and excited group of lads swimming in one direction, content with all. But one persn notices its the wrong direction and starts to swim agaist the flow. Well, its not easy to ride out and insist on swimming against the flow!

Through the Bible we come acros such incidents. Noah was one person who went against the flow. When the “Lord regretted that he had made human beings and his heart was deeply troubled” (Gen 6:6), there was an exception. “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God” ( vv 9). So, he was picked out of all and survived the flood.

Once Moses tasked a dozen of his best men to scout a land they were just about to invade. When these men explored the enemy territory they returned terrified with a grim report. “They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size..” Numbers 13: 32).

But there were two different lads. “Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us”          ( Numbers 14: 6-8).

The Lord would reign hard on the majority who were terrified. Yes, “Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived” ( vv 38).

The times we live in are no more different. There is a certain popular current tide which the majority are happy to flow with. It involves, among others, accepting that there is no difference among genders, or, in other instances, disregarding abuse of others for self again. Like in the past, the current flow seeks cheap popularity. But God is telling us to be different and dare swim against the tide. Indeed, he will reward us as happened to Noah, Joshua and Caleb.

Prayer: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through generations there have always been the chosen few of a different spirit, whom you have saved, and so I pray you may bless me with that spirit to resist the tide and instead gladly walk with you, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.

    As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”  ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.

    Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).

    In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do  His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
    So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!

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