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17/04/2023 - 18/04/2023 All day

 

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” ( 2 Peter 3:9).

When the Lord “said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing'( Gen 12:1-2), history would prove over and over again this prophetic truth. Since then the direct descendats of Abraham- the Jews- have been a tremendiously blessed people. In almost every field, but most particular in business and academic world, the Jews dominate.

But just at the same times Jews have had their share of sorrows. Much as they would be blessed; there was also a caveat. For the Lord said, “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God” ( Deuteronomy 28: 1-2). Yet also, “However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you” (vv 15).

In later times, not only would many reject Christ as the Messiah but also turn away from God! In 1940-5 scattered from the land God gave Abraham they suffered a holocaust, with a certain intent to wipe all of them out!

And how does this speak to us presently. What God says will come to pass, no question. The God who blesses us also is the God who withdraws favors when we disobey him!

But what is comforting is even in our disobedience God is merciful. For He says, “For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy” (Romans 11:30-31).

Today, whatever may be troubling you as separating you from God, know that he is a merciful God, eager and ready to receive those that come to him in repentance.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, not only does your word go out in vain, through it we find mercy, from which all your blessings follow and which I receive as your child, 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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