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"Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain” – (Psalms 127:1)

There are many instances in the Bible where God commissions one to build something. Noah was called upon to build the ark. “So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out” (Gen 6:14). Nehemiah went out and rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem. “Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace” (Nehemiah 2:17). King Solomon built a temple for the Lord. “So Solomon built the temple and completed it (I Kings 14).

Several aspects common to all building projects is time, resources and effort against odds. The dream of building the temple started with David. He “called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel” (I Chronicles 22:6). Nehemiah did not re build the wall all by himself. “Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace” (Nehemiah 2:17). He faced opposition and setbacks. “But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it” (Nehemiah 4: 7-8).

Today God may be calling you to build something. Ask God to provide you with resources as He did for Noah, Solomon, Nehemiah and many of His people. Do not find it surprising if you are attacked and opposed for Nehemiah experienced the same but never gave in. “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome (Nehemiah 4: 14-15).
Keep the vision alive just as David did who passed on the dream to his son Solomon. And once all is done give a prayer of thanks to Him who has made it all possible. For after the temple had gone up Solomon prayed, “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised.. so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other” (I Kings 8: 56-60).

Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, throughout time you have gathered your people, impressed upon them a vision to build something and enabled them and so I pray you help me too, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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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!