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29/11/2021 03:00 - 30/11/2021 02:00

”If you look to him for help, he will put a smile on your face. You will have no need to be ashamed” - Psalm 34:5 (NIV). 

A person's face can reflect many things. A face can exhibit distraught with worry written all over it. A face can show a certain mean dont-get-near-me attitude, with every contour lined with cynicism. A face can be grim broadcasting nothing but terrifying sternness.

But a face can also be rosy and inviting, a reflection of peace. There are faces which are calm like a settled stream of water. Everyone of us has that picture of an ideal and contented face, which is a true picture of joy and serenity.

Our faces in many ways do reflect our spiritual state, for a face is also a window of our soul. If one is passing through a difficult patch but has total trust in the goodness of the Lord there will be a glow of peace shining through the face, nevertheless. Yet one whose faith is not anchored in the Lord, is poked with doubt, restlessnes and worry will be written all over the face.

The Lord has said, "I will put a smile on your face"! Of course the meaning here is not to deny troubles around us but if we "look to him" then there will be that quiet smile we reflect. There are all kinds of smiles and some people do post cocky or cynical smiles. But there is something special and quiet calming about a smile from the Lord!

No wonder Psalm 23 says, "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord" (vv:4-6). With that hope, who wouldn't share a guenine smile!

Today, may that assurance put a smile on your face. It is one thing to see every one looking disconcerted, if not desperate because of the nature of times. But one whose faith is anchored in the Lord there is that "peace which surpasses understanding" and brings out a smile on a face, a happy face. And may this be your signature.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as I look to you, I know you will put a smile on my face, which with its joy will draw those I encounter to you, all this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    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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