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15/11/2023 - 16/11/2023 All day

“But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go out as fugitives; For the Lord will go before you, And the Lord God of Israel will be your rear guard” – (Isaiah 52:12)

One may ask what is the most important item for any journey one is about to undertake. These days there is a travel app that offers travelers with advice on weather conditions which helps them avoid danger spots. For those about to hit the road this is quite helpful. Travellers need money. An emergency tool box is ever good. But there is something else far more important for any about to embark on a journey.

When Isaac came of age his father Abraham wished him to marry from his people they had left far behind. So he called out one of his able servants to go back and get Isaac a wife. Quickly, this servant got out the camels he needed and all the things important for the journey. He set out. Once he got to the town of Nahor which was his destination, the servant did something remarkable and memorable.

“Then he prayed, “Lord, you are the God of my master Abraham. Make me successful today. Be kind to my master Abraham” (Gen 24:12). The servant asked God for a sign to help him know if he was in the right place. “Before he had finished praying Rebekah came out. Then the man bowed down and worshipped the Lord. The Lord has led me on this journey (Genesis 24: 15-27). Long story short he returned with Rebekah after explaining to her family his mission, who blessed her to go. “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands, may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies” (Gen 24:60).

Every one of us is on a journey. Some near; others far and beyond. We are on a journey through hills and valleys. But each day we set out may we ever remember that the most important part of our journey is prayer, which brought success to this unnamed wise servant.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that as I set out on the journey of life, you bless me, 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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