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08/09/2023 - 09/09/2023 All day

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Mathew 6:34).

In Uganda the National Examination Board has just released a timetable for examination. One can imagine a certain anxiety for those who are going to sit along with parents. And once they sit when results return depending on one’s performance there is bound to be heightened anxiety over where one would be admitted.

Anxiety is a common experience of everyday life. We are anxious whenever faced with a situation whose outcome is unclear. If you are in a job where changes are happening a certain anxiety may seep you. Are you going for a health check for that recurring pain, you will be anxious if this poses a greater danger! When you see rising cost of living against a fixed income, certainly you get anxious how you will manage.

When faced with anxiety the Apostle Paul admonishes us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” ! ( Philippians 4:6). For our anxieties can get the better part of us especially when we let them consume us, perhaps to a point of stillness. Yet here Paul advises us the best course of action is to bring “all these worries” to the feet of God. He will give us a certain peace.

Today, if you are anxious over any matter, well it’s only normal to feel so whenever you are uncertain over such. But rather than let such fears oppress you and affect your peace, surrender all to God in total trust, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where there is a matter troubling me and I am anxious I surrender all to you, trusting you are in total control and, may the peace of God that surpasses human understanding cover me, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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