“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world” – (John 16:33).
There is a well known plant technology where two plants are joined together to grow as one stock, particularly where a weaker plant was finding it hard to take root and flower. It is called grafting. The advantages of grafting is that once enjoined the new plant acquires some of the resilient characteristics of the other stock. Where it could have been easily withered it is grafted on to the hardened features of its new parent stem. In time you may not even notice the difference.
Believers in Christ too have been grafted on to the root stock of Jesus. “But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought to him through the blood of Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). Like taking on a new citizenship- grafting comes with full blessings of its root parent stock. The Apostle Paul pointed to the Gentile believers who worried that they were going to be assigned as second class citizens. “And this is God’s plan: Both Gentile and Jews who believe the Good News share equally the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise and blessing because they belong to Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 3:6). As believers we have been fully joined with Christ to enjoy all the full blessings of the children of God.
When the grafted plant experiences hard winds it is always held up by its parent root stock. Likewise aside from enjoying those blessing as part of one stem in Christ when we also experience troubles of any kind we are at peace. This is because of our new life in Christ. We are held up firmly and can withstand all tremors to bask in the full sun of His glory because we are firmly rooted in Him.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as I am rooted in Christ I pray to enjoy all the blessings and peace that comes from knowing Him, 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!