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23/05/2021 03:00 - 24/05/2021 02:00

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”- John 16:33 (NIV)

Those who happen to live in temperate climate lands will long have noted how moods tend to differ depending on seasons. With the beginning of fall and through winter there is a tendency for many people there to experience gloom. And why? Fall comes with trees dropping leaves as a cold wind takes over gradually forcing many indoors as winter finally locks on. Once the cold is all over all one can do is bundle up, and bid time.

But once springs breaks and flowers in their myriad of fresh colors burst out of the soils, the mood suddenly changes. Spring comes with joy. It’s a joy to see all the children who had been held up indoors sprint out to feel life, the soils breathing a new life with plants, the air smelling fresh, swirling with creatures. Spring rolls on to summer and with the sun out all who care experienc life to the full.

When Jesus reminds us to be of “ good cheer” he is not unmindful of the world we live in. He points out that the world we live in is full of “tribulations” but we should still be cheerful, in spite of all.

Yes, it is difficult to be cheerful through fall and winter, with ugly winds blasting through with a freezing cold, the ground bare of anything, and everyone held up indoors. But because of faith in Jesus, one remains steadfast, assured that the wintry season, with all its cold will surely pass.

We remain of good cheer because in spite of the harshness of the season, we know all will pass and spring will eventually break out, the sun will burst through the dark clouds. For every life will certainly experience harsh seasons every now and then. Faced with such there are those who let the gloom of the seasons force them down with despondency.  But those who believe in Christ Jesus remain of “good cheer” in spite of the season, because they know whatever they may be experiencing, all will pass, and it will be the spring of life back again.

Prayer for today: Lord Farther God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through the seasons of life, help me to remain of good cheer, however harsh, because of the faith I have in your son, Lord Jesus Christ!

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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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