"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden" (Mathew 5:14)
The brethren of the famous East African revival had a Luganda saying, "okutambula mu'musaana", loosely translated as "walking in the light!" But what did they mean? To appreciate this let's look at what happens when darkness invades the earth at night. Of course a lot is hidden and no wonder most dirty practices take place at night. House burglars, swindlers and street prostitutes all come out in full swing with the cover of darkness to thrive.
But once light dawns they quickly melt away. This of course does not mean an end to their dirty practices. What most resort to is then to hide. For their evil to flourish they will look for a place far from light, pull the shades down and in darkness carry out their mission. But once light shines on them they quicky melt away!
There is a certain burden one walks with whenever they are running away from light! One has to be watchful, ever casting his eyes about, fearful that once light shines on them a lot will be revealed. This is why certain people have to wear shades or drive cars fast with tinted glasses. For while on the outward they put on a brave self assured face; inward they tremble with fear if the light ever falls on them and the "world gets to know!" In a sense they are trapped in a jail of darkness.
Freed from this torturous past, after accepting Jesus Christ as a personal saviour, the brethren declared themselves as "children of the light!" There was nothing to hide anymore. They no longer walked with that fearful burden of suddenly being discovered. All their actions were carried out in "full day light" without anything more to "hide"!
And then you know know what, the "children of darkness" would eye them with secret envy, wishing they too could also be freed from the burden that was making them sleepless even at night. And yes of course, if they only knew, all starts once one accepts Jesus as a personal saviour, is Born Again, to start experiencing the joys of "walking in the light!"
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a joy to be a child of the light, no longer burdened with hiding in darkness, because I have been freed by accepting Jesus Christ as a personal saviour, and for this I am thankful, this I pray in Jesus' 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!