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27/09/2022 03:00 - 28/09/2022 02:00

"But I will keep hope alive, and my praise to You will grow exponentially. I will bear witness to Your merciful acts; throughout the day I will speak of all the ways You deliver" - Psalm 71: 14-15 (NIV). 

It's a well known fact that parents have favourites among kids. And so, as it were, Jacob too had a favourite son called Joseph. "Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him" (Gen 37:3).

But wait a minute. Showing favouritism openly does not win a parent many medals. Indeed one day Joseph's envious brothers couldn't take it no more and sold him into slavery, "They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.” He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces" (vv 32-33).

Any of us can imagine what went through Jacob's mind as days and years passed. Although the Bible does not dwell on that we may speculate that he had those lonely moments of wondering if Joseph had really been slaughtered by animals, as he had been told. Maybe it was all a lie. Surely, the old man had some faint hope that all would ultimately turn out as one bad dream- and Joseph would appear again in his life, flesh and blood!

Well, never give up! One day when all had but forgotten, the news came that Joseph was indeed alive! The brothers after being shamed by the man they had once attempted to kill had astonishingly revealed himself to them. Dispatched, they went back to their aged father and "told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them" (Gen 45:26).

Only after Joseph had come up to him and Jacob saw the son he thought all along was dead, did it hit him. His joy was boundless, as you can imagine, and, he "said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive" (Gen 46:30).

You and I can perhaps relate to Jacob somewhat. Some treasure was wrongly snatched from you and you dare not believe it went forever. You keep hoping that one day God will surprise you, and bring a smile to your face. Perhaps everyone has given up on you, yet in your deep of heart, you know one day that door will swing open and your Joseph will stand in the doorway. For it happened to Jacob and you too child of God that pleasure will be yours too, one day!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I keep hope in my heart that a day will come, not so long , when all that is mine will be returned, for you are the God who never fails, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors  ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.

    Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).

    Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).

    Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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