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12/11/2023 - 13/11/2023 All day

“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me” ( Isaiah 46:9)

Remembrace Day is when on 11 November Western Europe gathers to commemorate the end of World War 1. A peace agreement was signed bringing to an end a war that had left 40 million dead and wounded. Although almost all who survived that war are now gone it is still honored in appreciation of the peace that resulted after much loss of innocent lives.

This kind of remembrace is also important to God. For as they entered the promised land, Moses cautioned the Israelites, “When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” ( Deuteronomy 6: 10-12). Among others the Israelites were tasked to remember the goodness of the Lord by observing his ways.

Like the Israelites, you too the Lord has done great things in your life up to this point. For you were once held and lost in captivity but the Lord freed you and gave you salvation. You were once without hope and feeding on crumbs of the powerful but the Lord provided you with means. You once lived in dark fear of what next but the Lord liberated you and gave you hope through his son Jesus Christ!

If the people of the world know the value of remembering and honoring those that lay down their lives in war, how about you too remembering the good God for all he has done for you. For as the psalmists sings, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples” ( Psalm 77: 11-14).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pause to remember all that you have done for me and your goodness, so I will sing praises of you and tell others of your wonders, 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.

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