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23/05/2023 - 24/05/2023 All day

Blessed is the man who has remained steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12, ESV).

The way babies take their first steps has many lessons even for adults how to grow in faith. For every child to start walking begins with taking those faltering steps. In my local language there is a saying that a bull only grows after suffering heavy blows. The child falls. Then rises, quite unfazed, to begin taking those steps, because he has his sights set much higher. Someday he makes it, a bit bruised but only because he never gave up. The struggle becomes worthwhile.

Much so, even the Christian faith, has many faltering steps and obstacles along the way. These could be struggles with beliefs of our faith. There can be personal challenges like loss of a job or failure of a business. A believer may suffer continually from bouts of poor health. Hopes and expectations in people can be dashed. Any believer may face opposition or persecution on account of sharing his faith in the market place.

The believer like the baby who falters must be willing to rise up again and again because he has his sights on a much higher goal. What makes always people give up so soon on any task is when their goals are so much low. But those whose sights are set on something much higher than themselves do persist. The Apostle Paul once encouraged the believers in Corinth by reminding them, “We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor 4: 8-9). All thiis because we know there is victory at the end. We keep marching.

Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, whenever my faith is beset with all manner of challenges may I persevere as my sights are set on a much higher crown, this I pray in Jesus’s 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.

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