“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8)
Not very long ago, for many folks especially in the developed first world, if you had to undertake a long journey, it all started with getting out a physical map to guide you. Matter of fact I once had a summer odd job which would mail out travel destination maps to anxious clients. But these days all you need is an app which drops a Google pin and you are in business.
Now, are you one of those who can’t drive to another distant place without a Google pin to guide you along! There are folks to be confident to undertake a journey, all must start with a Google pin. Otherwise they stay put.
Think on the contrary when the Lord said to Abraham, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you” (Gen 12:1), nothing was clear and he had no map! But Abraham was a man of faith. He left and would once end up in Egypt, where a king competed for his wife and, then to Negev, where he and Lot had to go separate ways because of a swelling conflict ( Gen 12-13).
Ultimately, this journey of faith would yield great reward. As it is noted “Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way” ( Gen 24:1). Having got his son Isaac a wife, Rebekah, he “lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people” (Gen 25:7-8).
Like Abraham, you too, the Lord might be calling you out on a journey of faith. Nothing seems clear or certain. There is no map. But led by the spirit the Lord will not only guide but reward your faith.
Prayer today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, even when nothing seems clear and the road ahead is clouded with uncertanties, I look up to you to guide and make me triumphant in this journey, 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!