“It is through faith that a righteous person has life" (Romans 1:17)
When the Lord called Moses to go back to Egypt and liberate his people from their bondage he would be visited with countless miracles. When he went down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and he threw down his stuff which became a snake, "Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs" (Exodus 7:11-12).
That was the start. From there on the Lord would reveal himself through a series of miracles. First, there was the plague of frogs, then the plague of flies and came the plague of gnats (Exodus 8). These would be followed by the plague on livestock, the plague of boils and plague of hail, the plague of darkness and more (Exodus 9).
Still hardened, to humble Pharaoh but also reveal his decisive power, came the plague on the first born (Exodus 11) forcing him to finally relent. And when Pharaoh still resisted came the final blow when his troops in hot pursuit all drowned under the Red sea as Moses led his people safely away (Exodus 15).
If there was a man who had seen God 's hand of power it was Moses. But then later at Meribah Moses showed some doubts. When he was asked to strike a rock for water to gush out and quench the thirst of his restless people, yet for some reason, he hit twice, leading the Lord to rebuke him: “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them" (Numbers 20:12).
Just as it were any of us could have witnessed countless miracles in our lives. But like Moses we dare doubt God, inspite of all we have seen! God has seen us through the past year but then we are not sure of the future. Well, God is certainly not pleased when we are doubtful of His power. May our faith in him through this New Year remain as steadfast as the rock.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you have revealed yourself in my life through countless miracles, I move with faith knowing you are the same God today, yesterday and forever, this I pray in Jesus' 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!