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19/03/2023 - 20/03/2023 All day

Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness”.         ( Isiah 41:10).

Fear is one of those human conditions no one can say is completely immune to. Usually fear mounts when faced with a situation that seems overwhelming. But while one cannot underestimate fear, there is also an escape.

Take the example of the night of Gethsemane. Knowing what was ahead, Jesus, became “sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will”        ( Mathew 26: 37-39). Certainty there was a lot coming to set terror even for Jesus.

There is another person who knew a lot about fear. King David. In Psalm 3 he shared an experience. “Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him”          (vv 2-3). 

David had many such situations- from persecution by King Saul to being overthrown after a coup. But rather than let fear overwhelm him, David, cast his all on to his Father. “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side” ( vv 3-6). 

Maybe your situation is not as near the same. However, just as Jesus and King David threw their all to God when faced with fear, so should you. For when we surrender whatever is upsetting us to God two things happen. First our fears become God’s business. But even more the power of God is able to come and overwhelm any force arraigned against.

Today, let not fear sink you down. Just as David prayed, “From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people” ( vv 8).

Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, to you I surrender all my fears, knowing that your power is able to overwhelm and level any fear, for all power belongs you, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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