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20/10/2022 03:00 - 21/10/2022 02:00

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations" - Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV). 

Everyday there is someone going to undertake a job interview. Usually any person can find themselves in a situation where they are competing against prime candidates. Compare that to a small school without any record of achievement being lined up against a giant of academics. There are places in the world where if you came from Ivy League university college someone from a less known country university hardly stands a chance.

After God had rejected Saul there happened to be a sort of job interview for the next King (1 Samuel 16). So, as it were, Prophet Samuel approached Jesse, a father of some potential candidates. Jesse's first inclination was to point to his elder sons. And why! They had apparently far vaster experience to meet the bill.

"Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.”  So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” "There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” (I Samuel 16:10-11). Once David belatedly showed up, in his herdsboy ragged attire, "Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one" (vv 12).

Here is the deal. You could find yourself faced with a formidable interview of sorts. Ahead of you are giants of renown. Maybe it is a business tender and you are competing against global brands with deep pockets. But then, if God has chosen you, fret not. For just as David did not need much of an interview because he was picked by God, so will it be for you too, as you place all your trust in Him!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, faced with an uphill task, ahead of me, I look up to you, placing all my faith in you, to make a way where there is no way, 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!