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20/02/2021 03:00 - 21/02/2021 02:00

“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified" - Hebrews 10:14 (NIV)

There is a practice much common around central Uganda, whenever builders start on a foundation of a house. They look out and pick up a fowl which they slaughter as an appeasement to the gods for protection.

When it comes to commercial buildings the price of sacrifice is much higher. Humans, especially, those who carry no competitive marks attributed to other gods on their bodies, are sacrificed for the right foundation.

Ever since the last 2021 election results in Uganda there has been concern about those who are abducted. Much as this concern is real and should indeed be pressed, it should not obscure the fact that abductions are not new here. These might be for political reasons but there are others abducted for no apparent reason other than to be sacrificed for spiritual powers. According to the humanitarian organisation, World Vision, over 100 cases of child abductions have been registered in Uganda in recent years.

One of the gifts and blessings we have as believers is where the people of the world have to undertake ritual sacrifices to attain blessings, for us that price has already been paid by Christ. "For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood" ( Roman 3:25).

You, as a believer, do not have to burden yourself with any sacrifice, be of a fowl or human, as Jesus Christ has paid the full price!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a blessing to know that Christ has paid the full sacrifice for all my sins and through that blood have free acesss to the throne of the Almighty God!

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!