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23/06/2021 03:00 - 24/06/2021 02:00

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

One of the most striking experiences in life is chancing upon a mirage. Explained; a mirage is an illusion sometimes seen wavering over hot pavement that looks like a pool of water or a mirror in which distant objects are seen inverted. A mirage often shines brilliantly, and one can be lured to it, in anticipation to draw some water or see himself better. Yet the thing is as one comes closer to a mirage that is when the picture becomes clearer. It was but an illusion.

Our lives can also be moved by these illusions. For instance we can worry that out our future and our situation is but doomed due to what we see. Based on our understanding of reality we forge “concrete plans” to be in charge. However, as events in our lives unfold, so often we are astonished to find how little we knew or had control of the future. And this is because our understanding of reality was limited.

Worry is one of those most unfortunate experiences because so often it is based on illusions. At a distance it might seem we have everything in our sight and our fate is already sealed. So we what else, but worry! Thoughts of worry do not move in solitude but once given in welcome a troop of other worrisome thoughts. The victim freezes down with worry of how he has been abandoned and the world is going to crush all around him.

Do not give in to worry for so often our worries are based on mirages and are but illusions. If we talk of the future it is all in God’s hands. The Psalmist says, “You, LORD, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands (Psalm 16:5, GNT). And where there are circumstances affecting us, and we think are beyond our control, Psalm 118 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” !

Around us there are illusions of all kinds. Let them not trouble us and paralyze us with worry for nothing.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, faced with events that I do not understand let me not give myself to needless worry but believe in you as you have always delivered, this I pray in the Lord 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!