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28/05/2023 All day

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15)

Mapacha had a condition. She often suffered from profuse bleeding leading to menstrual cramps and it worried her. Yet, her dorm matron at her school, was ever gruff, finding fault everywhere and quite unapproachable. So she kept her burden to herself. Fortunately for her, soon there was a change in administration. Once a new matron was appointed it was clear she was approachable. Often she openly shared of her struggles as an adolescent. Encouraged, Mapacha confided in her the situation that was troubling her. She found a solution.

There are cases where we find someone we arw not confident enough to share with our burdens because of a past sour relationship where we were not encouraged. One could come from a relationship where he was always reprimanded for expressing a concern. Given this background even when it comes to God one holds back. In his view God must be, like those hard people, ever on some fault finding mission, and so, keep far.

This is quite far from the truth. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” ( Mathew 11:28-30).

From here we notice that unlike that image of a distant God it is the opposite; we have a loving Father who wants to hold us in his bossom. In fact, we are encouraged, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”                  (Hebrews 14:16).

So, whatever situation you are facing just forget all those image of an unpproachable Father. Open up fully your heart to him, for he is “gentle and humble of heart”!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you in full confidence and open my heart to you, assured of your empathy for my situation, and because of that, my soul rests in you, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!