“As a soothing aroma I will accept you when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered; and I will prove Myself holy among you in the sight of the nations. And you will know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the land which I swore to give to your forefathers” – (Ezekiel 20: 41-42).
The nation of Israel where Moses led the Jews and on which most are settled today is not on a very fertile stretch of land. At least compared to Uganda! Ours teems with abundant loamy soils, evergreen vegetation, and flows with endless rivers while enjoying abundant sunshine. On the contrary half of Israel is a desert, with only one fresh water lake, the Sea of Galilee, There is only 20% of the land which is arable. Israel lacks a two year rainfall cycle and periodically suffers from draughts, the most recent as long as five years.
However, out of the sand dunes, the descendants of Moses, started agricultural cooperatives known as kibbutz, from which they have built one of the most productive nations. Israel is now a leading global producer and exporter of fresh fruits (including matooke) and flowers. No wonder they have been fighting for that land since days and once it was restored to them in 1948, after a war with the Arabs, they now guard it jealously.
This cannot be said of gifted Uganda or many nations in black Africa. As we all know our natural wealth is being plundered day and night by robbers who dig out all the minerals and export them for other people elsewhere to enjoy. Unappreciative of what we have the inhabitants of much of black Africa have rendered theirs to waste through give away land sells, deforestation and wanton neglect. Left landless many of the children of Africa have since scattered to other “rich” lands exporting the needed skills to make theirs just as productive.
Perhaps one day this truth shall dawn on us all, to realize the blessings we have, and remember to take good care of what the Almighty has given us to enjoy. “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything” (Deuteronomy 8:7-10).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of creation, of heaven and earth, as you gave your people the land of Israel to love it and honor you, I pray for the same of this land here, that we who have been so blessed with, may love it, as much, take good care of it, rather than abandon it, and, and to enjoy the fruits and blessings of the land!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!