"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know"- Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV).
Anyone who has grown up around any urban areas will have noticed a trait common among members of the Mohammedan faith. They normally indulge in loud calls to their God early morning. In Uganda there was such an incident once where the noise of these early call was too much that an army General decided to relocate to other suburbs with more strict noise control. Needless to say if you are not a Moslem and then you wake up to these calls often broadcast through some amplified speaker they can be nauseating.
Christians have a God whom they need not worry about calling wether in the morning, at noon or late evening, to the annoyance of their neighbours. Moreover they don't need loudspeakers. At anytime one can call up our God. For he says, "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you" (Jeremiah 29:12).
To call upon someone can be a result of certain instances. Usually people will call their best friends when in trouble to help them out. But there are also cases where one calls out to a friend not just because he is in trouble but knows the friend is there and willing to listen.
Now our God answers to both. If we happen to be in trouble, He says, "and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me" (Psalm 50:15). However, it is not just trouble. As Christians we have a God whom we can call anytime, "Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live" (Psalm 116:2).
Today, therefore, rise and call up to God for any situation. "Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples" (Psalm 105:1).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to call upon you through the day assured you are ever there ready to listen to me and deliver, 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!