"As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly" - Proverbs 26:1 (NIV).
There was once a controversial issue among the brethren in Uganda where it was suggested hosting fellowship nights in one famous night club. This club was famous for special night for its patrons- ladies, senior citizens- how about also a " savedee night!"
The opposition stemmed from one particular concern. For a number of the brethren a night club reminded them of the life they had forsaken after accepting Jesus as a personal saviour. Encouraging the brethren to return to these hounds and be patronised with typical night club music and dance would be quite unsettling.
Once one accepts Christ there are certain things they give up on as quite worthless. These could range from habits like gambling, indulging in drink binges, slapping with buddies broad jokes about members of the opposite sex, habitual lying etc. They do so because, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here" (2 Cor 5:17).
For some the process is instant; where there others it is gradual. But the point is the new found life in Christ liberates one from all those bad habits. Occasionally one meets a new believer wondering how he could have been so blinded to waste all his time in these fruitless activities. As a matter of fact there are many non believers who respect them that there are not trapped with these burdens like they are.
For this reason believers should hold on to the treasures they have found in Christ. Going back to the old ways may be a lack of appreciation of all that Christ has liberated one from! It also denies believers a chance to witness a changed life and all the joy and pleasures it brings.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I am so thankful for the new found life in Christ and so help me treasure it without looking back for your glory, 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!