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“We will shout for joy when you are victorious, and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests” - Psalm 20:5 (NIV).

Every life has its desires. When we see our heart’s desires fulfilled we are delighted and filled with joy. It is a different matter though, when our desires are not met. Then we experience a range of emotions from sadness to anger. This is why Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

One comforting thing is that our desires are also of interest to the Almighty God. Psalm 20:4 says, “May he give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Again in Jeremiah 29:11, it is written, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

The Bible is full of characters and events where God meets the desires of man. In certain cases we find longings that took years to be fulfilled, with even moment of desperateness, like the desire of Abraham and Sarah to have a child, which only materialized as octogenarians! Hannah had a restless desire to have a child too which was met one day when Prophet Eli saw her praying earnestly. “Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him” (1 Sam 12:17.)

Queen Esther had a desire to save her people from execution which she took to King Xerxes after praying and fasting with confidants, and found the door open. “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). David had a desire to build a temple for God which he passed on to his son Solomon. “Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel” (I Chronicles 22:6). This desire would be fulfilled soon after David’s passing.

What is your desire? Like all those who walked with God take it to Him. The Almighty God is in the business of receiving petitions and answering prayer requests. For as it is written, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you my heart’s desires, happy and assured that you will meet such in the time of your choosing, 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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