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14/02/2024 - 15/02/2024 All day

"For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it;
For it will certainly come, it will not delay" ( Habbakuk 2:3).

In the workings of God, timing is everything. When the prophet Isaiah prophesied, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" ( Isaiah 9:6), it would take 700 years for this prophecy to be fulfilled. Moses had to wait for 40 years in the wilderness for his desire to liberate the Israelites to be realised. And also, "Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him" ( Genesis 21:2). Abraham was by then 100 years!

God is never delayed. While from a human angle it would seem the time is too long yet, "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day" ( 2 Peter 3:8). In all these and other periods of waiting there is a purpose.

So often we can be troubled that a matter one puts before God has delayed! From a human angle it looks too long and one may think abandoned. But just as we see in these cases and numerous others, the workings of God are different from man. God’s ways are not our ways!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you are a God of time, may you make me learn to wait on you, for in due seasons your will shall come to pass, 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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