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11/03/2023 - 12/03/2023 All day

"Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them"  (Proverbs 3:27).

Power has been described as the "ability to direct or force behaviors" in a certain direction. There are people whom God has put in positions of power- and, for a certain purpose! Yet, rather than use that power to do God's will they start worshiping the power they have and forget the God who gave it to them, all to their final folly.

When Moses showed up before Pharaoh Ramses he was facing a man of power. Leading the then greatest nation on earth, surrounded by wealth and with all manner of officials, Pharaoh felt really powerful. No wonder once Moses put his request before him to let his people go, all he did was sneer back. "Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said" (Exodus 7:13).

Pharaoh felt powerful. Even when Moses ambushed him during his early morning walk and, "raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt" ( vv 20-21). But you know what; Pharaoh wasn't bothered at all because he had all these socerers who could do as much. "Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart"      ( vv 23).

And this is what power does. It makes you feel invincible.

Finally, a day came when God revealed the one who gives and is source of all power- that Pharaoh could not wait to let the Israelites go! After the Lord struck down all the first born of Egypt, "During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me"              ( Exodus 12: 31-32). Imagine the once hard man is now asking for blessings from them!

Well, the one with the final power had shown up. Friend, if you are in a position of power never forget the one who gave it to you. And lest you forget, he has the power to take it away in a moment, if only to humble you.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, placed in a position of power, I pray to use my position well to enhance your kingdom and glorify you, 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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