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18/06/2022 03:00 - 19/06/2022 02:00

“Then the Lord said, I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son” - Gen 18:10 (NIV). 

When the Lord spoke these words to  Abraham who in his late nineties was still childless, Sarah, his wife, who happened to be nearby, heard so, and she doubted. “So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Gen 18:12).

Sarah’s doubts can relate with any of us who could be faced with a situation that is apparently long overdue and we believe time is not on our side. This could range anywhere from the proverbial marriage proposal, getting to a certain place, raising a house, receiving a certain cash windfall. Everyone knows that matter, where we believe time is not on our side.

For Sarah she was well aware of her biological limitations to bear a child at that advanced age.

From a human and physical aspect child bearing was purely impossible to imagine so at her advanced age. Yet Sarah’s problem was that she was looking at issues from a purely physical angle.

When we look at things with our naked eyes and from our understanding a lot does not make sense. Consider the universe and the whole of creation. The existence of life is beyond human capacity to comprehend. However, when we pause and look at matters from a spiritual angle it is all possible. As Jesus once said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).

In the above situation someone else would have the last laugh. At ninety, “Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham, in his old age, at the very time he had promised him” (Genesis 21:1-2).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to hold on to the promises you have given me for you never fail!

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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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