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“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (I Cor 13:11)

Children like to be excited. In fact, good businesses tap into this need by building theme parks for children to experience a fantasy world. Every child would love to go to a fantasy park of swings and games where there are endless trips of pleasure.

One thing though about children is that there are easily bored. The moment they experience to the full that amazing event they move on seeking another excitement. It’s normal to find children running from one pleasure event to another, dropping all they have just enjoyed.

Unlike children certain adults are not pleasure driven but would seek substance over excitement. Even if the experience no longer carries magic they will stick in there. Why! Because there is something deeper. Perhaps it is a lesson they crave to learn. These are often referred to as mature adults.

Perhaps here we may note the Christian life is not like a theme park. There are yes those spectacular moments when God surprises us with unique blessings. But the Christian life can also involve long spells of draught. If one was hooked on only excitement, as some of the children, of course his faith would quickly be eroded. Because of lack of excitment he would gradually lose faith and walk away to where the excitement is. Hence James writes: “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” ( James 1: 12).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I commit the maturing of my faith into your hands, to lead me to hold on to you, through the good and bad, this to your glory, in Jesus’

name I pray!

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  • 26/02/2024 - 27/02/2024 All day

    “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!