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07/03/2022 03:00 - 08/03/2022 02:00

"You however, have observed my teaching, my conduct, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my perseverance.." - 2 Tim 3:10 (NIV). 

Most trained teachers know that there are a variety of ways to impart knowledge. The most common used being instruction in form of a lesson. Some teachers may go on to offer exercises which is one way of both proving the lesson was captured and also improving understanding. Certain teachers ask for questions and in their answers do further dispel ignorance.

There is a common mistake though which tends to view classroom teachers as the only ones. Yet everyone with knowledge is a teacher or, ought to be, as to share to the less knowledgeable. Knowledge is useful because it helps the ignorant know better and avoid costly mistakes.

The Apostle Paul was a teacher even long before he came to Christ, teaching Jewish law as he understood and persecuting those who refused to accept his teachings (Acts 22:1-21). But once he came to Christ something changed in this seasoned teacher. He would not longer teach with mere words or with whips to those who ignored him but also would put up his life to demonstrate his convictions.

Hence, when it came to some parting words to his student, Timothy, he pointed him to the example he had set in his life, as the best instruction he could have offered. We can teach others the way of God with as many words but equally more powerful is the conduct of our lives, which can offer a great lesson without as many words.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, just as the Apostle Paul, help me that my life may be the best teacher for all to believe in your son Jesus Christ, in whose name I pray.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!