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30/04/2023 - 01/05/2023 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 desert plains,  it is common to see hills rising over any landscape. Hills can be a beautiful sight especially where there are covered with a rich vegetation. In many cities, like Kampala, though hills have been invaded with settlements and are no longer lighted with the old vegetation, except for concrete structure.

If 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 a hill 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 King 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 believed that that God would deliver them in spite of all the “hills” they saw.

Today, if you are seeing a hill ahead, may your faith rise and look beyond that hill! Like Joshua and Caleb did! Like David, believe, that our help comes from the Lord, our very present help in all troubles.

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