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25/04/2020 03:00 - 26/04/2020 02:00

“but during the seventh year let the land lie unploughed and unused” - Exodus 23: 11 (NIV)

For a great many people the lockdown that was effected during the corona virus epidemic was the worst thing that could ever have happened. Aside from those who were concerned for being denied of the means of production and livelihood, a perfect and worthy concern, some others were restless only because they wanted to be out there doing stuff.

All throughout our lives many of us are ever on the go. We rise up early and hit the road to chase deals. We enter the rat race fighting our way to the top. For some of us we return home late at night and hardly ever spend time with our loved ones, after all we are out there working for them.

But then came the lockdown. For the first time we had now to sit down and let the world be. If ours was the notion that nothing could go on without us being there here was a humbling moment.

Now in some instance against our insistence we would find that after all sitting back and resting was a good thing for not just our beaten bodies long denied of a good rest but also our families. For long ago God had decreed that even the land on which we eke our living should be let to rest, so that it can be rejuvenated to yield better harvest.

To rest, pause, let things be, sit back and hear from God, is therefore a good thing.

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that wherever you will I do every now and then hold back, rest and hear from you. 

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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!

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