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16/03/2024 - 17/03/2024 All day

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” ( Psalm 62:5-8).
 
King’s David’s life was full of turmoil. Pursued by King Saul, who felt threatened by his early battle success he started out by being on the run. Pushed into exile, once David, for a cover, pretended to be insane; “and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard” ( 1 Samuel 21:13). When his trials appeared over, just as he was settling down, he was overthrown by his son in a palace coup.

David faced trials over and over again.  Yet from all the headaches he faced, he would write, “May the name of the Lord answer you when you are in distress, may the name of the God of Jacob protect you” (Psalm 20:1). His faith was steadfast.

Psalm 23 is a testament of where David knew to find rest in the midst of turmoil. As he wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet waters, he restores my soul” ( vv 1-3). 

Just as with David any of us may chance upon troubling waters that leave us restless. The life we live is not without challenges, which is the reality of living here on earth! The Lord clearly warned the disciples of the days ahead, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Through the life of David we see where to find rest in the midst of upheavals. “But I trust in you Lord, I say, You are my God…How great is your goodness which you have stored for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men of those what take refuge in you” ( Psalm 31: 14-19).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, throughout all life’s trials and turmoil, my heart is steadfast, because I trust and find rest in you, this I pray in Jesus’ 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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