Go Forth Neither Poor Nor Feeble!
He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes. Psalm 105:37
When the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt, they lived in poverty and faced daily hardships from their cruel taskmasters. Scars and fresh lashes from their masters’ whips covered their bodies. The blistering heat of Egypt caused excruciating sores to fester. Many of them were bent over because of the long hours spent carrying tons of bricks and mortar. Slaving away for long hours under harsh conditions added years to them. And with no proper nourishment, many of them were feeble and emaciated.
But something happened to them on the night of the Passover. (Exodus 12) With the blood of the lamb applied on their doorposts, they came under God’s protection. And inside their homes, as instructed by God, they ate the lamb roasted in fire.
I believe that those who were blind ate the eyes of the lamb, believing that the perfect eyes of the lamb would give them perfect vision. If they had heart conditions, they ate the heart of the lamb, believing that their hearts would beat strong again. And if they were lame, they ate the legs of the lamb, believing that they would be frisking like lambs.
And when morning came, something new and miraculous happened to them. They went forth with God no longer as slaves but free people. They were no longer poor and needy, but possessed silver and gold given to them by the Egyptians. And none of them — there were about 2.5 million of them — were feeble or sickly!
If this was what the children of Israel experienced after partaking of the Passover lamb, which was only a shadow or type of Christ, how much more will we who have come under the covering of the holy blood of Jesus, the true Lamb of God, experience such blessings?
When you put your trust in the Lamb of God who was burnt by God’s fiery judgment meant for us, you will go forth daily, neither poor nor feeble, but abundantly supplied and divinely strengthened in Christ!
The path that lies ahead may be unknown, but one thing we can be sure of: When we trust God and seek His counsel in every decision, He will direct us and make our way straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) #worldchangers ~ photo credit @alegna_entertainment #alegnaentertainment
NGOs Gruppo Abele - Community Abel and Terres des Hommes (Italy) have been present in Côte d'Ivoire for several years, fighting to defend the rights of children in the country, especially adolescents in situations of extreme vulnerability.
In 2015, in Grand Bassam, the two NGOs created the Espace Mère-fille, a place dedicated to girls in difficulty and their children, because they are often girls and mothers at the same time. The beneficiaries are, for the most part, minor girls from poor neighborhoods in Grand Bassam, who left school early, have lost all ties with their families and are in a precarious situation. They frequent the Mother-daughter space and want to fit fully into this society which leaves them at the margin.
They have engaged with me in an artistic and educational way to work on the notion of identity and self-esteem through time: past, present and future.
Today, the fruit of our collaboration will be exhibited at the Institut Français d'Abidjan from 5pm.
I invite you to support this action by your presence today Thursday June 29th at 5PM. #restoring#selfesteem#girlscandoanything#benevolat#bassam#espacejeunesse#ivorycoast#mysisterskeeper#futuregeneration#hope#photography#socialproject#contemporaryafrica#photocollage
The Unshakable Foundations
“For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:2-3)
Often we hear or feel the drumbeat of those who oppose the work of God. Many would undermine our faith in God’s promises and try to shake our confidence in the authority of His Word. David’s short answers are wonderful sources of strength for us each day.
Trust in the Lord (Psalm 11:1)—He has not forsaken us (Psalm 9:10), and we can “taste” and see that God is good (Psalm 34:8). No matter what happens, God knows what we need, and He promises that we will be taken care of (Psalm 37:3). If we trust in Him and do not lean on our own wisdom, God promises to direct all of our life decisions (Proverbs 3:5-6). The Lord is on His throne (Psalm 11:4)—The picture of God’s majesty can be easily lost in our sin-cursed world. If we are not going to be overwhelmed by the wicked, we must see God “high and lifted up”(Isaiah 6:1), surrounded by the great host of heaven, recognizing that “heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” (Isaiah 66:1). The Lord sees everything (Psalm 11:4-5)—His “eyes behold the nations” (Psalm 66:7), and He “knoweth the thoughts of man” (Psalm 94:11). There is no place that will hide us from His sight (Psalm 139:7-12). The Lord judges everything (Psalm 11:5-6)—God loves justice (Psalm 37:28) and will finally come to judge the earth (Psalm 96:13). “The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 146:9-10). HMM III