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31/08/2021 03:00 - 01/09/2021 02:00

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” - Numbers 23:19 (NIV).

Today when you hear of land battles and all the intrigues involved to snatch it from legitimate owners you might think this mischief started only yesterday. Land is one of those valued possessions which through history has always attracted the worst out of some. After Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, who was crippled had been presented to David by his guardian Ziba, in recognition of his father’s role in his life, he decided “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table” (2 Samuel 9:3-7).

King’s Saul land was apparently under threat. But David made a promise to safeguard all under the custody of his grandson.

Later in his reign King David was overthrown and along his escape route he met Ziba, the guardian of Mephibosheth, who reported to him that Saul’s grandson was “staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, ‘Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather’s kingdom” (2 Samuel 16:3). Hurt at the apparent betrayal, “Then the king said to Ziba, “All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours” (vv 4). In other words Saul’s land had now slipped into the hands of a guardian. Ever fallen prey to such!

It was nothing but a ruse by Ziba apparently to gain influence over David and snatch Saul’s land. Later when David was restored as King he discovered that Mephibosheth had never for once deserted him. King David came to know when he met him and heard his side of the story, revealing, “Ziba my servant betrayed me. And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish” (2 Samuel 19:26). Once he got to know the full story, David rescinded the earlier offer to Ziba, and “The king said to him, “Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the land” (vv 29).

King David decided to keep his word, and not abandon Mephibosheth. It can be easy to take that lightly but when one comes across common instances of promises that are withdrawn once circumstances change, David’s character outshines. The lesson here is that even in a fickle word, full of impostors, we still can purpose to be persons of our word.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you help me be a person who keeps my word regardless of circumstances, as was King David, 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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