“The horse is prepared for the day of the battle, but victory belongs to the Lord” – (Proverbs 21:31).
Hard work pays is something we grow up hearing. Through school we see individual effort, like staying up reading for exams, paying off with good grades. In life we are warned against laziness of which there is a lot of evidence around us how it can cause ruin and poverty.
All good. But just as well it is important never to lose sight of the fact that when it comes to God, its not all a matter of your effort, or might. Once when Gideon was going to battle with a 22,000 battle hardened platoon he had to be reminded by the Lord, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands or Israel would boast against me “My strength has saved me” (Judges 7:2, NIV).
Gideon was told to take his soldiers down the well and, “Separate those who lap water from the water with their tongue as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink from the well” (verse 5). They were three hundred who passed this test. “The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home” (vv 7).
What happened is the Lord caused confusion among the Midianites: “the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords” (verse 22). It was a swift and decisive battle that came not through might but of the Lord’s will.
As we face challenges, some which might seem insurmountable, or take on those ugly battles, where we find ourselves far outnumbered, let us rely more on the Lord to bring victory to us. Yes we should prepare and use all the resources we have at hand but as it iswritten, “if God is for us who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that as I face any challenges, some of which may appear beyond my ability, you come to my deliverance for it is not by might but by your power, 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!