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22/12/2023 - 23/12/2023 All day

“Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory”  ( Psalm 50:15).

Have you ever had your back against the wall! This can happen to any of us. Moses was one person who often had his back against the wall. Like the case when as he led the Israelites out of Egypt through the Red Sea behind came roaring the furious armies of Pharaoh. That was certainly a scary moment.

Sometimes when your back is up against the wall, the only place to turn to is God. “During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt” (Egyptians 14: 24-25). Against all odds deliverance from above came!

After the rebellious Israelites had made an idol out of a calf, and the Lord burned with anger against them to the point of wanting to wipe them out, Moses, turned to the Lord and cried: But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever” ( Exodus 32:11-13). This ernest plea of Moses was not in vain. “Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened” ( vv 14).

There are often times when our back is up against the wall. Do not look elswhere but up to the Almighty God for deliverance.

Prayer today. Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven an earth, sometimes one finds himself standing between a rock and hard place, with nowhere to turn but look up to you for deliverance, 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!

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