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05/07/2023 - 06/07/2023 All day

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue” ( Proverbs 16:1)

Throughout the ages God has allowed periods of “great shaking” to reveal certain messages and bring His people closer to Him. The drought in Egypt which a young Joseph predicted not only saved Jacob’s family but passed on a message of saving for lean times ( Genesis 41). Since the World Health Organization declared a while back Covid 19 is no longer a “global healthy emergency”, we might pause here to ask what were the lessons.

At its peak Covid -19 was claiming over 7,000 deaths per day! Around the world nations at one point or another were forced into a lockdown to manage infection. What we all saw is that while any of us can have plans, God ultimately is the one who has the final answer. A country like Uganda endured the longest school lockdown, of almost two years, while others like China had their borders shut down for nearly three years. A parent might have long worked out a graduation calendar or a trader would have had plans to visit China but Covid -19 showed the ultimate plans belong to the Lord!

Covid 19 showed us the importance of appreciating the gift of life. Almost everyone can recall a person who was so full of life only to be snapped in a moment, quite without explanation. The life we have is ever in the hands of God, who wills forever, and knows everything! You could think you have figured it out all, with possibly the best access to medical facilities, but here we saw even those in places with the most advanced health care were not spared. If anything some suffered the worst casualties compared to less privileged nations.

At a personal level Covid 19 resurrected an old lesson God passed on to Joseph in anticipation of a famine. “Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine” (Gen 41:34-35). Just as in the old, God is telling us to use the “years of abundance” to save for “lean times” which can strike without notice.

Let us give God praise for the gift of life, so easy to take for granted! But there is ever one with the final answer!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who wills life and everything on earth, today I pray to ever appreciate the gift of life and help me use my days wisely to your glory, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.

    As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”  ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.

    Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).

    In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do  His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
    So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!