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14/05/2023 - 15/05/2023 All day

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” ( Isaiah 43:19)

There are certain phases in the lives of God’s people. Some are quite obvious; others less so, only clear with time. Moses’s life can be divided into three phases: first a royal life adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter ( Exodus 2:10); second, forty years of meandering in exile as a low level herdsman; thirdly, the liberator of a nation who leads it to the promised land!

The Apostles Paul’s life saw two major phases. There is the Saul - the persecutor of the Church; who in the next phase converts to spend the rest of his life winning souls for Christ!

Jesus’s life had also phases. He starts out as as a son of a carpenter, quite anxious to fulfill the calling on his life. When at 12 he stayed behind in a Synagogue talking to the leaders and his parents had to look him up, he shrugged, “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? ( Luke 2:49). But it was not his time. Led back home, he “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” ( vv 52). This was all for a purpose as that phase prepared him for his ministry which he launched at the age of 30.

What is the phase of your life? You might be like a Moses wandering out in the wasteland, seemingly aimlessly, but it is just a phase! There is a phase of being lost as was with the once Saul before conversion to Paul. Jesus had that phase of apparent insignificance but God was preparing him for a greater task ahead.

We should embrace whatever phase we are going through with the full knowledge and comfort God is with us, teaching us something, greater, for yet another more important phase in our life!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as life goes through phases I pray that this phase of my life you take me through it with grace, growing in your knowledge and wisdom, for the life ahead, this I pray in Jesus’s 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.