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05/03/2023 - 06/03/2023 All day

"Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves"  ( Mathew 10:16)

When one enthusiastic missionary, John Chau, was shot dead by members of the North Sentinel tribe, a proud indigenous tribe secluded away on a remote Indian Ocean island, many questioned his evangelical method. First, any approach to these secluded people was prohibited in the region yet Chau decided to violate the law. More importantly, the nearby fishermen he bribed to lead him to the borders of this Sentinelese warned him not dare them. For centuries they had been fighting off successfully any foreign intruders.

Armed with Gospel tracts, John Chu ignored all; and just as many feared the Sentinelese once they sighted him approach their treasured homestead, sent a storm of arrows that quickly levelled him to the ground. No one could even attempt to approach his body to retrieve it for a proper burial.

In the aftermath of his death the debate in many Christian circles was if this was a smart or rather ill advised suicidal move on Chau's part! Was it a "shrewd" move as Jesus once advised to storm the compound of a people who have clearly sent out a warning that they would clear out any uninvited person who protruted their ranks! Many concluded that Chau was naive and just courted a suicidal mission.

Sometime, and it does happen quite often, our enthusiasm can overrun our better senses. Say, if I find myself caught in between a crowd of Jihadists, and while I very much like to win all to Christ, why would I openly provoke them with labels as damned sinners. Perhaps other than fast pointing at them as hopelessly lost I might do better by calmly starting a friendship without even identifying my Christian identity. Over time the truth would become quite obvious as I let Jesus shine through my life.

Jesus was very much aware that his followers would often be caught up in enemy territory. To win them over, he advised a covert strategy, quite appealing even to this day!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray to be ever led by your Spirit who gives wisdom in all my outreach, 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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