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03/03/2023 - 04/03/2023 All day

"The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me"  (Psalm 116:6).

A funny thing happened. There was once a controversial man whom furious soldiers were desperate to arrest. For the past three years he had been raising dust: confronting merchants who had turned God's temple into a goods clearing warehouse. He had healed the sick and once raised from the dead a friend. Although these were times before print and visual technology had not advanced, you could imagine his identity by then was so obvious!

But then there was a small problem. This man lived such a simple life! He lived simply among the people he worked for. There was nothing conspicuous about him. Perhaps it was his deeds and piercing lessons that would make him the talk of town, but he was just an ordinary fellow, best known as              "Jesus the son of a carpenter."

So, when one of his disciples, Judas, decided to betray him, the deal was that to help the soldiers figure him out, he had a marker: Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him"  (Mathew 26:48). And it is exactly what happened.

Here is the point. A simple lifestyle was actually Jesus's security. Had he been living large he would have been so conspicuous that there would be no need for his betrayer to spot him out with a kiss.

We too, can pick a lesson from Jesus. A simple lifestyle is in itself your best security. Living large with excess baggage not only makes you stand out as different but actually makes you an easy target. By living simply there is little to worry to protect, but, more so, you confuse those eager to slay you down for you are so ordinary, that they have trouble even identifying you. Isn't that something to think about!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you lived a simple and ordinary lifestyle of serving the people, may we too be inspired, as this in itself is our security, this we 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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