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28/07/2023 - 29/07/2023 All day

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.. ( 2 Peter 3:9)

Patience is one of the key defining aspects of our relationship with God. Indeed, if anyone aspires to come closer to God and share his nature this is an area any of us must first deal with. And, besides, there are many characters given to us in the Bible, to draw lessons from.

Moses started out as an intemperate character eager to have his ways. But God had to slow him down, before he was released for his earthly commission ( Exodus 3).

But let us not forget Abraham. Coming up in years without a child any could understand Abraham’s growing impatience with this God quite slow to act to give him a child he desired. One day he could take it no more. Induced by his wife Sarah, perhaps out of concern for his mental health, Abraham turned to his maid Hagar. “He slept with Hagar, and she conceived” ( Gen 16:4). However, this was all ahead of time and what came of this relationship birthed two nations - the Palestine’s of Ishmael and Israelites of Isaac-later ever at war!

For Christ to be born it had to take time. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” ( Gal 4:4-5). Here we must be reminded that by the time of Jesus’s birth it was close to 700 years since Isaiah had first given prophecy of his birth! Needless to say, some had already given up and taken to other Messiahs of their own choice. But, like with Abraham, usually for such the end is often not pretty, especially once you walk out of God’s chosen path.

Today, you could have a situation of a matter long in coming and you’re getting a bit sore. There could be an issue pressing you down and you just want to get done with it and moreover you apparently have all the power to take your own course. You know what- just slow down! In all such matters it would be well to remember, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” ( Isaiah 40:31).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you are a God who takes His time to fulfill His will, I pray for the gift of patience and to learn to wait upon you, for the fulfillment of your will upon my life and in all my affairs, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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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!

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