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09/09/2021 03:00 - 10/09/2021 02:00

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me” - Psalm 54:4 (NIV).

Many parents with means once they discover their child is struggling with a difficult subject critical to his passing national exams go out and look for a coach to help out. The use of a coach to help a young novice struggling in some area where he seeks to become an expert is an ancient practice. Most courts in ancient kingdoms had coaches to help nobles master in a particular task. Coaches are definitely more knowledgeable and can help the eager learner improve in the area, whether it is learning or a major sports activity, and help him to soon excel.

There are some characteristics about a good coach. First, the coach should be available. Cases often abound of coaches who are not available for their students being locked in other tasks, or just lousy, in spite of being paid. Then the coach is expected to be a master in the area that the student is struggling with. It obviously defeats the purpose if the coach is also struggling and found wanting.

Now, there is a coach, a helper whom we can all rely on to go to whenever we are struggling with any matter, and is not just available but far ahead in knowledge and grasp of any issue that could be troubling us. The Psalmist says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand..(Psalm 121:1-8, ESV). The prophet Isaiah, had a message: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, ESV). The Apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews, “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6).

Where if today you find yourself struggling with any matter, there is a helper awaiting to lift you up and sail you through. It is the Almighty God, who is there as your coach and helper.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you in confidence, seeking your hand to help carry me through this situation for your glory’s sake, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    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).
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    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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