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11/03/2024 - 12/03/2024 All day

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth”- ( Psalm 121:1)

Except for those living in plains, it is common to see hills rising over a landscape. Hills can be a beautiful sight especially where there are covered with a rich a vegetation. In some cities though hills have been invaded with settlements and are no longer lighted with the old vegetation, except for concrete structure.

Unless if erased to make way for some purpose, when a hill is ahead of you one can hardly see beyond. A hill by its nature obstructs a view. There are places where tunnels have been constructed to pass through hills, but mostly people decide to just go around them to get ahead. In brief, hills can be an obstacle in our journeys.

As Believers we can also come up and face hills. A hill can feature in our very lives when we are faced with a challenge that we can’t see beyond. The challenge seems to be so huge that the hill in our mind actually becomes a mountain. Perhaps we might even be too terrified that instead of figuring a way around the hill, we drop down, exhausted with fear and worry.

When David was faced with a hill, instead of only focusing on the hill, he looked beyond to something higher and more hopeful. The Almighty God who made the heaven and earth, and controls all situations. Instead of focusing on the hill of problems, he asked, “From whence my help comes?”

Once there was a situation when Moses sent out scouts to spy a new land. Of the 12 spies everyone saw hills- except two warriors who looked beyond hills, and believed there was a God greater than the giants they had seen ( Numbers 13). Joshua and Caleb believe that that God would deliver them in spite of all they had seen.

Today, any of us could be seeing a hill ahead of the way, and moreover looms like an insurmountable mountain. But like Joshua and Caleb look beyond the hill. Like David, know our help comes from the Lord, a very present help in trouble.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am faced with a hill I look beyond, because you are our present help, and will carry me through and beyond the hill, this I pray in Jesus’ 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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