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28/08/2023 - 29/08/2023 All day

 

“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

A funny thing happened. Abraham and Lot had accumulated vast herds of cattle, so much that their herdsmen started quarreling amongst each other. “Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.  But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s” ( Genesis 13:5-7).

To solve this quandary, the brothers decided to split. “So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives.  Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left” ( vv 8-9). Lot was given fast choice. He, “looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord … So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east” ( vv 10-11).

Happy that he had the better part, Lot moved on leaving Abraham to what seemed like an inferior possession. This is not what it turned out to be. “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever” ( vv 14-15).

Abraham’s good fortune was that the Lord chose for him. He personally could not have imagined the treasure that he was about to behold. This important on two counts. Sometimes what appears a loss, is actually gain. Then also we need to see things through the Lord’s eyes, for our vision is so limited.
If we rely on only our perception of events alone, there we go like Lot had that he had the best portion. This is why we must always pray for the Lord to open our eyes, to all situations, which He can clearly see through.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven an earth, today I pray that you open my eyes to all situations, revealing to me the truth within, even where I see nothing, but for your grace, 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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