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“So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, “says the LORD Almighty.”- Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

Throughout scriptures we come across numerous cases of God’s people who were driven to the end of their ropes, only for God to deliver them at that very moment.  After living for 40 years in exile Moses had been driven to the end, and might as well have given up on his dream of liberating the Israelis when God of his own came and told him the time was ripe (Exodus 3). Joseph was down in prison when he was plucked from out of nowhere to a premiership (Genesis 41). Abraham had given up on having a child when God came through (Genesis 17).

In these instances one thing we notice that God came of His choosing. Sometimes in the life of a believer one can do everything and nothing is moving. Perhaps one could say all the prayers there is, go into a long fast and so forth, but the break through is not coming. The comfort here is found in the old good scripture, “The horse is made ready for the day of the battle, but victory rests with the Lord” (Prov 21:31).

Do your part; and let God do His. Our time table is not God’s. There also those situations when God’s power can only be revealed after we have made all attempts and He then comes through at His choosing to take the glory. Today, may you be comforted that your prayers in a certain matter are not in vain, just because the answer is slow in coming. As 1 Cor 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor is not in vain.” One day the breakthrough will come!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as your word says, “not by might but by spirit”, I do surrender to you that troubling issue that you reveal your power at your choosing, 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!

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