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

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" - Philippians 4:6 (NIV). 

Complaining is an old human trait, that surfaces most when someone senses unfairness and airs out a grievance. This could lead to a good outcome. "In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food" (Acts 6:1). This complaint led to a practical solution- appointing those to ensure fairness (vv 5-6).

Perhaps if this matter had not been aired out resentment would have brewed and who knows the outcome. Where we can and the opportunity presents itself it is all right to raise pertinent issues, perhaps better with possible solutions. A certain leader used to tell his subordinates- don't bring a problem to me without a solution!

Sometime complaining can be out of spite, with purely ill motives. Such was the case when Miriam complained about Moses's leadership, accusing him of marrying a foreigner and even more. "Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” (Numbers 12:1-2). This earned a severe rebuke from God, with Miriam, the chief instigator being struck with leprosy (vv 4-10). Hence, we should check our motives before we complain as our negative pleas can back fire.

There are situations when we are clearly done injustice but because we have a goal we endure through the experience, without necessarily complaining. Because he wanted to marry Rachel, even after Laban renegade on an earlier plan, Jacob " worked for Laban another seven years" (Gen 29:30). And eventually he had the wife he wanted to marry in the first place.

Life is not perfect and we shall always find ourselves in such ever complicated situations, with concerns. May God give us wisdom to know how to air our grievances, for His glory.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for wisdom where I feel a need to share a concern, in a manner that glorifies you, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    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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