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02/02/2024 - 03/02/2024 All day

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” ( Psalm 107:1)

Having a thankful heart might not come easy, especially in trying times. The reason why we are thankful is that it is not only therapeutic- for bitterness can clog us down- but also because there are also those situations, where in spite of being done poorly, the experience makes us better and stronger for days ahead.

Look at Joseph- he was left for dead by his brothers and sold as a slave, enduring jail, yet he did not let bitterness consume him. When he met his once captors, he pointed to them there was something good out of a negative situation. “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance” (Genesis 45:7), he told his brothers who were worried he was going to hurt them for the injustice they had done to him.

The Bible has many uplifting instances of those who met devastating experience, but hurtful as it were, gave thanks to God. Job gives thanks after losing all his family and possessions, on no account of his fault, by saying, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” ( Job 1:21).  

Today, whatever might be the situation you are going through, give thanks to God. Difficult as it might seem the Psalmist is right: “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!  For God is King of all the earth; sing profound praises to Him.….” ( Psalm 47: 6-7).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today whatever maybe the situation I face, I rise to give you thanks, for you are good and your love endures, throughout generations, this I pray in Jesus' 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!

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