“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” ( Psalm 63:1)
Many here would like a deeper relationship with God. Achieving that often starts with getting involved in God’s work.
Moses is one person who had such a deep relationship that at the end of his life it was written: “There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” ( Deuteronomy 34:10). For Moses to get to that level of intimacy it meant he had to get his feet in the mud. When he came off Mount Sinai, with “two tablets of the covenant law in his hands” his face was radiant after a holy encounter. “Moses remained there on the mountain with the LORD forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the LORD wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments—on the stone tablets” ( Exodus 34:28). But what had driven Moses to that stage. It is because he had a task on his hands that the only way he could get it accomplished was to spend as much time with God.
The Apostle Paul once shared a unique experience, where he “was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell” ( 2 Cor 12:4). After his conversion Paul was ever restless on the move to share the Gospel. The more he gave himself to God’s work the more God revealed himself to him.
Just before he was crucified, Jesus went out with the three most trusted disciples, “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” ( Mathew 26: 39). Of course his prayer came out of a need - Jesus was just about to face crucifixion.
Do you desire to experience more of God! You need to get involved. Like Moses or Paul you will find the experience will drive you often to your knees and with time you will get to know more of the awesome nature of God.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, help us through these challenges common to those serving you, to draw us closer to you, and know more of you, 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!