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14/08/2023 - 15/08/2023 All day

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – (Mat 7:11).

Everyday that we live our lives are blessed with provisions from the Almighty: some more obvious like food and water, others less so, like the air we breathe. However, when we speak of provisions it is easy to imagine certain more ostentatious items on our wish list- perhaps having a powerful vehicle or raising up some glorious mansion.

God is not unmindful of these grand requests of ours. Like someone once observed you can have all the riches but lack the most important thing of all - health! While indeed God cares for all our needs, He attends to many others, some which we may not realize as important.

The author John Piper says, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, but you may be aware of only three of them.” The challenge is with our eyes focused elsewhere it is easy to fail to take note of His abundant provisions. “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”  (Mat 6:26-7).

There are cases when we might be focusing on something quite different far from what God has for us. And, perhaps, because of that we lose sight of all God is doing in our lives. Yet God is providing, nonetheless!

This is why we are reminded to be always thankful. “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:18).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for the daily provisions in my life and the love you shower me, every day, all 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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