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Assisting the work at Ishaka Adventist Hospital Lifestyle Centre in Uganda for three months taught me priceless lessons. Once, while working on the compost pits I had earlier dug with the students, I learnt a practical spiritual lesson. It happened that after the compost pits had been dug, the students failed to obey the instruction not to throw non-decomposing waste in the pits. As they did, the purpose of the compost pit, to serve as a waste bin for decomposing waste which would then serve as manure in the farm, was being defeated. Realising this, we soon got into the pit and began to separate the non-decomposing waste from the decomposing waste, transferring the non-decomposing waste to another place. It is the same with our hearts. Our hearts are compost pits meant to serve as a place where God prepares His manure with a sweet-smelling aroma, for use in His vineyard. Many times, we get the wrong ideas, thoughts, education, experiences, beliefs and the likes into our hearts and God desires to spend time fishing them out so that we can be truly ready to fulfill our purposes and our life’s work.

 

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This month I had a great disappointment. I had recently been given a four-year scholarship by Hartland College in the USA to study Christian Media Management but I was denied my visa. Hard to swallow, but it has made me to dig deeper into the well of God’s promises. And I have come to see that we often as God’s children focus on God’s promises but forget that all of His promises are time-bound. God has a massive time-table for the world and for our individual lives. God makes everything beautiful in His time.

 

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The many feats of man in science and other endeavours have proved powerless to solve the problem of the evil human heart. It is clear that to this very menace—the root of all wars ever fought and humanity’s woes—man, his science, and his many religions have no answer. It is an age-old challenge rightly summarized by Jeremiah in these words, “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). To this elusive question, man has sought to provide answers and this is ever evident in his science and religions, but this problem could never be resolved by his external remedies or listless recommendations of how he could become more moral and righteous and less evil. When man truly ascertains the cause of his evilness and the true condition of his heart, he will give up his heart for the heart surgery being performed by the Man of Calvary.

 

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“To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Many times in the scriptures, God indicates that the plan of salvation is following some kind of a celestial program; a cosmic timetable. Scriptures like “but when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son” (Galatians 4:4) “for yet the end [shall be] at the time appointed.” (Daniel 8:19; 11:27) and “at the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life” (Genesis 18:14; Also see Daniel 12:1, 4; Habakkuk 2:3; Isaiah 46:10) attest that everything is on time as we journey through God’s plan of redemption for humanity. This is instructive for our personal redemption. If the universal plan of redemption is always on time, our personal redemption cannot be different altogether (See Job 14:14). If we cooperate with God—and His grace is sufficient for us—we will be redeemed from our many sins just in time and our character will be developed one day at a time until we experience total victory over sin at God’s own appointed time!

 

***”Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

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