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11/07/2022 03:00 - 12/07/2022 02:00

"If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it?.." - Proverbs 24:12 (NIV). 

A long time ago there was a belief that to make a leader you had to fit a certain bill in terms of physical look. For example, according to one managment theory to be leadership material you had to be the tallest of all, with other commanding physical characteristics like being the most handsome. Think of professional wrestlers who going by this theory would make the leadership cut!

Don't think we are being just funny. When Israel rejected God and demanded a king, do you know how Saul came about? "Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone" (I Samuel 9:2). Later, "Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.” Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!" (1 Samuel 10:24).

Well, inspite of his gigantic stature Saul was a disaster that after a series of gaffes, "Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!” (I Samuel 15:26).

In place of Saul in comes David. But is he a giant? Well, the irony is David's first major appearence is by taking on Goliath, a giant who was terrorising Israel. David defeated Goliath because, as he said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied" (I Samuel 17:45). Long story short the giant was slain by a couple of stones, catapulting David to become the man to replace Saul.

Saul lost the kingship because "the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). And as for David, "God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do" (Acts 13:22).

Have your heart in the right place and you are the leader God is looking for. Forget about what the world thinks!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, make my heart yield towards you, that I become the leader you want, this I pray in Jesus's name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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