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15/12/2021 03:00 - 16/12/2021 02:00

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”- Proverbs 16:18 (NIV). 

One of life’s sad ironies, is to find a person who begins so well in life, but has a bitter end. From the Bible we can contrast the life of King Saul who starts out as a heroic figure, only to descent into devastating wars that ultimately lead him to suicide, along with his three sons (I Chronicles 10:4-6).

King David starts out heroically too as the killer of Goliath (1 Samuel 17); then his life is on the run, but ultimately ends well, triumphantly passing on his kingdom to his son, Solomon whom he instructs to build a temple of the Lord (1 Chronicles 22).

One might be interested to figure the difference between two kings. For Saul, his descent starts when he turns away from God, “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions” (1 Samuel 15). Eventually Saul turns to spirit mediums seeking answers for his doom, though to no avail (1 Samuel 28).

David was not perfect either. He, too, had moments of lapse, such as when he fell into the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband, Uriah (2 Samuel 11). Where David rises above the rest is his humility which we see in his acknowledging his sin and repentance (Psalm 51). Saul was consumed with pride that blinded him from being dependent on God and hence not following through with the Lord’s instructions.

In life there are many episodes of those who have started out so well and met a tragic end as Saul. Sometimes it is loss of power or fortune. At other times all that they accomplished is quickly torn apart and dismembered even before there are completely gone.

To safeguard against this pitfall, humility is the key. Let us walk humbly with the Lord. For when one starts to boast of his greatness and accomplishments, as Nebuchadnezzar did, such may only end up living with wild animals and eating grass like ox (Daniel 4:32).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a loss to start life’s journey so well and end tragically; today I pray that I walk humbly ever with you, to know of a glorious end in Christ Jesus!

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    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.

    As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”  ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.

    Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).

    In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do  His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
    So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!