"Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God" - Luke 18:27 (NIV).
Going into a gruelling interview can be a cause for serious worry over how it would go. Suppose you meet there some guy who takes on a sudden animosity towards you. No matter the answers you give to a battalion of questions, he presses on, till he lands you in a trap. Voila, as they say, and you are done. What was supposed to be your job, sliced for someone else.
These situations happen every day, where any of us could march into an unsympathetic army. Before we have even a moment to introduce ourselves there flies a volley of shots to bring us down. Maybe it is the way we look that reminds our sudden nemesis of something to release all the venom. It could be that we are making our entrance on a bad day and we just happen to be a convenient target. At any rate before we utter anything we are roasted and packed off.
Once there was a situation. A certain young Queen needed a favour from her King. This was no ordinary request she was about to make as there was a plot to massacre all her people. According to custom no one was allowed to go and talk to the King univited. This was going to be one challenging mission and favour was needed.
To have her way, Queen Esther, advised, "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish" (Esther 4: 16).
Having prepared herself she marshaled courage and waded into the King's territory. Look at what happened. Once the king saw her before she had even uttered her request, he smiled, "Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you" (Esther 5:3).
Of course yours may not be that type of situation but nonetheless you are about to penetrate enemy ground. Taking from this example, how about some time of prayer and fasting, to penetrate the shield of the enemy, by inflicting him with darts of faith and receiving the favour that comes from the Lord!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for such a situation that appears impossible I seek your favour that you open the floodgates of blessings for me, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – ( Joshua 1:9).
Moses has been described by some as the reluctant leader. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him and he was given the task to finally lead the Israelis out of bondage in Egypt, he protested. “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” ( Exodus 3: 11). Knowing how the script played out we can be kind to him and say that his reluctance was based on a premonition how difficult the job that awaited him would turn out.
Once he set out, as a leader, it was constantly dragging a restless people, quick to find him at fault, and frustrate his job. When once he delayed up on the mountain, while seeking the face of God, the crowd was quick to throw him out. “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him” ( Exodus 32:1).
Aware of the challenges he faced, when the time came for Moses to pass on the baton to his successor, Joshua, he knew that that most important gift he could pass on to him was encouragement. “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” ( Exodus 31:7-8).
It has been said that it is lonely being at the top. When God gives us leaders, let us never hesitate to remember them in our prayers, especially where theirs is a special job of leading a restless people on to higher knowledge and experience of God.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I remember all the leaders you have chosen to lead your people to a deeper knowledge of you, that you refresh them with your abundant Holy spirit to be encouraged and remain steadfast, this I pray in Jesus’ name!