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“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” - Psalm 40:1 (NIV). 

The American movie star, Arnold Swarzenegger is famous for a line, “I’ll be back” after an apparent defeat only to return and recoup his losses. In life there are those situations where we too seem to lose out against a certain promise and feel like giving up, especially as the years take their toll. God is telling any of us, today, not to give up, for “I will return!”

It was the same God who told an ageing childless couple, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son” (Gen 18:10). When Sarah, 91, and Abraham, 100, eventually gave birth to Isaac, Sarah who at first doubted said, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!” (Genesis 21:5-7).

A young fiery Moses wanted to liberate his people the Israelites when he struck down an Egyptian but was forced on the run after being discovered (Exodus 2:11-25). Out in the wilderness, for 40 years, he certainly must have felt abandoned and forgotten. But just as all seemed lost, God, of His own visited Moses in the bush and told him, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10).

A committed and faithful couple, given to the Lord’s work, Zachariah and Elizabeth, were childless and getting along in the years. When God visited Zachariah and told him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John” (Luke 1:13), he shook with doubt. “Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years” (vv 18). But when Elizabeth eventually became pregnant, she was besides herself, “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people” (vv 25).

The same God who rebuked a doubting Balak, with a message “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Exodus 23:19), is the same God telling you today that, “I’ return”! He is saying that I will grant you that prayer request you have been nursing for years and thought was forgotten. But God has never forgotten you. For you are His child. Keep your faith up for God will sure come through as He did with the all his people through the ages!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to give you a special thank for my prayer has been answered, and you have been so good to me, this I pray in Jesus’s 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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