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27/06/2021 03:00 - 28/06/2021 02:00

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” - Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV). 

Waking up to bad news has become a constant feature of our lives in the pandemic era. On one day one hears of rising deaths in the distant parts arising out of the virus. Then closer home graphic images of filled up mortuaries are shared widely. The message is run for cover.

There is a saying that bad news sells. What is interesting is that rarely does one get good news of those who have recovered, who are definitely in the majority. As of June 24, 2021, there were around 180 million global cases of COVID-19. Around 165 million people had recovered from the disease. There are many deaths, and of concern, but the recovery rates are far higher than news of gloom. Of these global cases just about 3 million have ended up as fatalities.

And, then, all around us there are stories of dedicated health workers working with scarce equipment to bring healing to the sick. But these stories are far few and sparse. For some reason, there are those who prefer spreading bad news that stalk fear. Well, bad news, after all, sell.

Yet, unfortunately bad news can also cause depression. A constant dose of bad news does not bring cheer to the soul. It can be discouraging at the most. Proverbs 17:22  points out, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

One way to overcome bad news is by countering it with the word of God. In the midst of bad news we have some refreshing and soothing words of hope to cling to. 1 Peter 5:7  reminds us, Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Then Psalm 147:3 adds, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

May the word of God continue to encourage us all.

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that where I encounter bad news I draw upon your rich word to give me comfort and hope, because of the faith in your son, Lord Jesus!

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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!

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