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26/11/2021 03:00 - 27/11/2021 02:00

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” – 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV).

In the animal kingdom there are those animals whose antennas are always high on alert, just in case a predator is on the horizon. A mere lapse and then one of the bigger carnivorous animals or reptiles have their jaws deep into their necks. At times theses devourers sneak up in the bush or down the stream, leap and suddenly fall on to their unsuspecting prey.

Much like the animal world our lives as believers are also under constant threat from one ferocious enemy called Satan. He is a fallen angel who is ever going about sneaking upon someone to devour. In the story of Job we get an idea of how Satan uses his free time. And the Lord said to Satan. “From where have you come?” Satan answered, “From roaming throughout the earth going back and forth (Job 2:2). This is not a leisurely walk. “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life” (Job 2: 4), he pleaded for Job’s blood.

This is why the Apostle Paul reminds us, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). The reference to schemes is interesting. It means Satan is always designing plots against our lives from all angles, till he sneakily has his jaws sunk into our flesh. Once one’s antennas are down and there he is! As it is written, “The thief comes only to kill and destroy.” (John 10:10).

The Apostle Paul calls on us to be ever on guard. There is the Word of God to constantly guide us against Satan’s schemes, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist” (Ephesians 6:14). Through prayer we also safeguard and throw him off. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the loving name of Jesus to be constantly on alert against the dark wiles of the devourer that through the might of the power of the Holy Spirit you may protect me and all my belongings ever so, 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!

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