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06/04/2020 03:00 - 07/04/2020 02:00

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” -Cor 4:7, (NIV). 

Was there a life that did not experience any troubles? Was there a time where there were no challenges! Upheavals are a normal course of life. It is not just the corona virus that has upset the lives of most of us, but even without, we knew we faced troubles in our daily lives here and then.

The troubles we pass through can sometimes appear overwhelming. They could be financial troubles where we seem whatever we do we can’t make ends meet. There could be troubles of relationships that are aching our hearts. Sometimes there are physical troubles regarding our health which is continually challenged.

There are places around the world where the troubles are sharing the Gospel of Christ. It’s a taboo in some work places to dare mention the name of Jesus as a saviour of mankind. This can result into loss of a job or incarceration.

Today in our verse we are reminded that for all the troubles we go through there are momentary. It means for us that they will certainly not last and we have also a hope of a better future. Let us not despair. Compared to what await us whatever troubles we are going through there are momentary and soon, not very long, we shall be rejoicing with our Father in heaven, in eternity.

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that whatever troubles I experience I may know there are temporary and can’t be compared to the future in you that waits those that believe and trust in you!

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!