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21/09/2022 03:00 - 22/09/2022 02:00

"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you" - Romans 12:3 (NIV). 

A funny thing happened the other day. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, heads of state from all over the world where invited to attend the state funeral, barring just a few. One of the conditions was that the vast majority, except a trifle few, had to travel by bus coach to church. And do you know what, a number decided to shun the event, sending just junior representatives instead. Used to having streets to themselves with mile long caravans, this was too much to imagine.

Now just before Queen Elizabeth II was lowered down her burial place, all the vistages of power- the Imperial Crown of royal authority, orb and sceptre- were removed from her coffin. The minister, David Conner, Dean of St George's chapel, then commited her to the ground saying, "Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.”

In life the Queen might have reigned with castles but here now she was going without anything. For as it is written, "All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again" (Ecclesiastes 3:20).

Now you know what, while some of us are so fixated with the possessions we have amassed here on earth, and those glittering titles for some; yet in the end we all take nothing beyond but our souls. This is why as our verse today warns us, we should not think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Even if we hang on to our seats of power, in the end we are all the same - nothing but fragile mortals made of clay, who one day will stand naked without any trappings of power, before the Almighty God!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who reminds us in your word that "naked I come; naked I return to thee" teach us to be humble all our lives, for we came with nothing and shall take nothing, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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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).
    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.