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20/02/2024 - 21/02/2024 All day

“But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15)

Solomon, the son of King David, would certainly have made his father proud for fullfiling his dream of building a Temple for the Lord, which had long been his dream. While both had a deep reverence of God there is though an aspect where father and son deferred, a matter worth our today’s reflection.

Once after the ark of God had been brought back to Jerusalem, King David could not contain his joy. An expressive man right at the spur of the moment he tore loose to join the festivities. Far off his Queen, Micah, the daughter of King Saul, glanced at him with contempt. Concerned more about how the world perceived the King than God, once she met David in the hallway she scoffed at him: “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” (2 Samuel 6:20).

David, at the receiving end, did not lose a moment. “I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this.  (vv 20-21). In other words, David was not about to be swayed from God even by someone so close to him!

Yet on the other hand consider this: As ”Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been” (1 Kings 11:4). Where the father held steadfast to the things of God, the son let himself be swept away by his multiple relations.

King David is known as a “man with a heart after God!” If it came to make a choice between man and God; his position was already clear. What an inspiration.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am faced with a choice between you and man, I pray, like King David, ever to choose you, this I pray in Jesus’ 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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