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23/03/2022 03:00 - 24/03/2022 02:00

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits"- Psalm 103:2 (NIV). 

There are nations around the world that are big on celebrating anniversaries. Though the norm is to celebrate victorious days such as Indipendence Day; for the nation of Israel, there are significant memorial days that throw light on her relationship with God. For instance, there is the seven day Feast of Tabernacles. During their days of captivity God performed many miraculous wonders, enabling them survive through the harshness of the desert, that it is only expected.

In our individual lives God has also performed for each one of us wonderful deeds that it would be well to remember and acknowledge the goodness of the Lord, every now and then. There are good reasons. Remembering the good things God has done for each one of us is one way to build up our faith. Indeed the Israelites after their long sojourn were specifically instructed, "And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day"- (Deuteronomy 5:15).

We all come from far, don't we! One of the best things we can do for us is to have that moment when we pause to look back on all God has done for us up to this point and give praise to Him. If not humbling, this will strengthen our faith by lifting up our spirits as we look to greater days ahead with our God. "I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old"- (Psalm 77:11)!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, when I look back at my life and all you have done for me, how grateful am I and full of praise, for you have been amazingly so good to me that I look forward to greater days, 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.