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09/03/2024 - 10/03/2024 All day

“I for my part shall trust even in you…in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid” – Psalm (56: 3-4).

David was a young man out in the fields tending his father Jesse’s sheep when he was sent out on an errand to deliver food to his bothers down at the battle field. He spotted a 6’9 giant named Goliath who was mocking the Israelites.

Everyone was scared. But David after one glance and he was decided. Unlike others, he was not cowered and went out to King Saul, whom he pleaded to go and fight Goliath.
Goliath despised David. But never mind, David ignored and challenged him by crying out, “I am coming to you in the name of Jehovah” and then delivered a fatal blow using stones from his pouch. The Philistine giant fell down dead. That’s when the rest of the Israel army drew strength and chased out the Philistines (I Sam 17:45).

Where did David draw his strength? It is clear where others had been afraid David wasn’t ruffled. His secret lay in looking up to the Lord from whom he drew his strength. That spirit of valor based on looking up to the Lord even when faced with giant obstacles was to feature through his life and bring him victory.

What mountain are you facing today? Is it a giant mocking at you like Goliath? Instead of looking at its size and listening in to all the discouraging noise around, just look up to the Lord who will bring victory.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that whatever giant of a problem I may seem to face I look up to you for strength, this I pray in Jesus’ 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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