"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost" - Luke 19:10 (NIV).
An exile is someone who has been forced out of his country, and is caught up in a foreign land. Anyone in exile longs to return home and considers wherever he is as temporary. Sometimes exiles do fight their way back or bid time for a change of government and then safely return.
Exiles can't wait to return home because everything in a foreign land is apparently strange and foreign to their nature. It could be the food, language, customs, environment and mannerism of people. There are ever restless as they recall the pleasures of sweet home!
Whenever a believer backslides- turns away from Christ to seek refuge in the world - he is in exile! Much as he may put on a show of confidence for any child of God his new stead is all strange and unfamiliar. Some of those who backslid in an attempt to cover up their restlessness decide to over do it- take up all worldly mannerism, like as if there are at home. But deep in their hearts they know they are lost.
The story of a prodigal son (Luke 15: 12-32) is if a child who abandoned his father's home to seek refuge in exile land. There he couldn't settle- not until he decided to come back home. "For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found" (vv 24).
For any child of God in exile it is time to pick up and return home.The reason why you have been restless all along, never at peace, is because you are in foreign land. But home is calling and why not return.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, whenever I happen to be far away from you and find myself not at peace, I pray that I may quickly get back to my senses, and come back home where I belong, 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!