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06/07/2023 - 07/07/2023 All day

“In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free” (Psalms 118:5 ).

At the height of the HIV pandemic it was common to find households that had lost almost all adult children, as happened to one mother. When I met her this mother who had lost all her five sons had given up on life, and sat all day as still as a cold stone. According to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Believers in Christ are urged to be “thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” But how do you give praise to God when like this mother you have hit the very bottom? This can be tough!

The Bible has one person who hit the bottom too! When we look at the life of David we might have reason to wonder how he handled it all. In his life King David would experience the dimensions of joy at killing Goliath (1 Samuel 17:51); to crushing grief from enduring a sleuth of tragedies: the loss of a best friend Jonathan in battle (1 Sam 31:2); being pursued and forced into exile by King Saul; the loss of a son ( 2 Samuel 12:19); the loss of a kingdom to a rebellious son, Absalom (2 Sam 15: 1-20), and much more.

For all these tragedies somehow David never lost his trust in God. When he had hit the very bottom, he wrote, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer” (2 Samuel 22:2). Down he looked to God for deliverance: “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God … He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me” (2 Samuel 22:7).

Any of us may hit the bottom, for such is life! But like David, may we not lose our faith but continue to look up to God for deliverance. “In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free” (Psalms 118:5).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, sometimes we find ourselves at the very bottom, but like your servant David even when down and low, my our faith in you remain steadfast, because you deliver, 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!