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20/04/2021 03:00 - 21/04/2021 02:00

“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 (NIV).

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 all 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 situations 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 the Lord’s 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 for 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’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!