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05/08/2023 - 06/08/2023 All day

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Phillipians 4:19)

There are certain characteristics found among birds and animals which also feature in humans. One of these is hoarding. The magpie is notorious as a hoarder. It will pick up anything, particularly shiny stuff, and take its loot down to her nest. Next time you lose your door or car keys and can’t figure out where, ask yourself if a magpie bird flew nearby!

It’s not very clear why magpies or some other creatures hoard, but for humans we can relate. One chief driver is insecurity. A hoarder does not necessarily need all he gathers to build up a mountain but he is motivated by the fear of “what if I need something better keep”! Hence, one keeps on adding on stuff after another, essentially not what he needs but just for fear, until the mountain is immovable.

Like the Egyptian Pharaohs who went to their graves with dozens of suitcases of jewelry, only for looters to feast; there are those who can’t move anywhere without a mile long luggage! They have become so possessed to their collections to imagine a simple life without!

The habit of hoarding when not watched can turn into a dangerous obsession and, for a believer in Christ, reveal a certain lack of faith. For Jesus taught, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”’( Mathew 6:26). Job further says, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart” (Job 1:21).

When we horde we become self centered, pre occupied with ourself; yet when we rise above this habit, we look more to God as the supplier and protector of all our needs!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you take care of all my needs may I ever be dependent on you and not be attached or lost in amassing things, for my protection is with you, and this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!