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21/07/2023 - 22/07/2023 All day

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
—Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)

Life is much a passage of seasons. In the temperate world seasons revolve from winter, spring, summer and autumn. In the tropics there are rainy and dry seasons. The  beauty about this cycle of seasons is that as one season comes to an end there is ever an opportunity to look forward to a new brighter season. A harsh winter is greeted with the expectation of a beautiful spring. A long and dry season is forgotten as one welcomes in a rainy season.

Now through the year one might experience all manner of challenges. But one thing that counts is letting go of the past, and looking afresh to brighter seasons ahead. Indeed, one of the defining aspects of followers of Christ is that He is in the business of beginning afresh. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

This was the case with one of the prisoners alongside Jesus who cried, “remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”  And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” ( Luke 23:42-43).

While you could have had all sorts of setbacks, as that is life, scriptures say, “Great is faithful; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:23).

Today, look forward to a new beginning. There are better seasons ahead. For the Lord says, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for your word that encourages me to forget the past and looking forward to the new life that is in you, and 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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