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01/02/2024 - 02/02/2024 All day

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” ( Psalm 107:1)

Jacob had a desire to marry Rachel whose father, Laban, tasked him to work for a good seven years first. However, once he was done he was in for a huge disappointment. The goal posts suddenly changed.  He was presented the older sister Leah in place. “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work” ( Genesis 29:26-27).

One can imagine the feeling of disappointment on the part of Jacob after his expectation. A disappointment has been described as that feeling of “sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfillment of one's hopes or expectations.” Whenever you have desired for something badly, only for it to fail to materialize, of course there is a disappointment.  Think of a child who anticipated to make a certain grade and go to a preferred school only to be turned down because of his grades or even more hurting, to be sold to another school!

Life is full of disappointments. A business person may have met all conditions to secure a tender only to be rejected for another bidder. A job applicant can be turned down even after meeting all qualifications. After a promise to deliver goods, one can be disappointed in another person who fails to come through, without a good explanation. A disappointment leaves one ever disenchanted.

How we react to a disappointment is one of the most important thing in life. In Uganda, there was a recent case of a child who failed to score a certain grade and took his life. A disappointment can leave one embittered and brooding. There are those who even lose faith because they believe God has let them down.
Jacob took his disappointment with a positive spirit. Instead of pouting, he let go and agreed to work for another seven years, to have Rachel (vv 30).

Having met several setbacks in his tumultuous life, King David wrote, “But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation; I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me” ( Psalm 13: 5-6). Whenever faced with a disappointment, for they always do happen, choose as David did, to remain joyful for God will come through in due season.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I encounter disappointment, may I look up to you, for my hope is in you, and you shall carry me through, this I pray in Jesus’ name.

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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!

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