"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" - 1 John 4:18 (NIV).
The expression "walking on eggshells" is used to refer to a situation where one imagines they can tread on eggs without any ever breaking. A certainly impossible task. Eggs are delicate. Try as much as you can one by one the egg will break with a simple false move or misdirected touch.
Sometimes people find themselves in those circumstances where there are like walking on eggshells. Whatever step they take disaster awaits. It is like an attempt to journey through a mine field filled with booby traps. You are lucky to stretch one step out without stepping one, only to be blown up in pieces!
Also, here can be environments or even relationships one finds themselves in which are much like that. You have to tread carefully for fear of what might happen. Every move - a word out of place, an action of some measure - and it is all trouble. Oh poor you: however much you try the inevitable happens. You are already condemned and waiting to be hanged.
What can make a difference though is when such environments or relationships are filled with love. Love overcomes any such fears. I Peter 4:8 says, "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins"! For where there is love there is forgiveness since, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"' (Romans 8:1).
The environments we create and relationships we have should be filled with love- the opposite of those burdened with fear. When we do so those who live with us are not like treading on eggshells. We do that because this is how we also relate with God. In spite of all our imperfections He loves us and accepts us as we are!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, help me search myself that all my relationships are filled with love and not fear, which brings us closer to you, 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!