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18/02/2024 - 19/02/2024 All day

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Before he was crowned as King, David was just another herds boy. Then one day someone saw something in him that no one had seen.

The story starts when his father, Jesse, sent him on an errand to deliver a snack to his warrior brothers out on a battle field. His eldest brother, Eliab, on seeing him was not so amused. “When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle” (I Samuel 17:28).

Well, what a put down! As far as Eliab was concerned David was nothing but a pretender. This is not though how Samuel had seen David. Earlier, when the eight sons of Eliab had been presented before Samuel for him to anoint one as King none would fit the bill. Samuel asked Jesse if that was all. Lamely, he remembered the last born. “So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one”     (I Samuel 16:12).

The Samuel who appeared in David’s life is there for all of us. He is someone influential whom God sends to anoint success to his own. Where others see no value this Samuel comes and sees something no one has seen!

If you have been discounted, much as David was once, know there is a Samuel down the road. Along the path of life pray for that Samuel to appear, for he comes to make a difference in your life!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for the Samuel in my life, who will see value in me where none sees, for your anointing for success, this I pray in Jesus’ name.

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    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).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    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.