“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” ( Deuteronomy 31:6)
When Moses was finally called up to go to Pharaoh with a message “Let my people go” he was terrified. He protested that he was slow of speaking. “Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” ( Exodus 4:10). Immediately the Lord aided him with Aaron to speak on his behalf. Further, the Lord offered: “take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it” ( vv 17).
Egypt was the greatest power on earth and walking up to its Pharaoh, an absolute monarch, was never going to be easy for any. Besides, Moses, had once murdered an Egyptian and was on the “Wanted List!” He was stepping back into dangerous territory. But now he had heard from God! So, with his brother Aaron together with the staff in his hands he stepped up to the mighty Pharaoh.
Finally in his imperial court, Moses looked straight up to Pharaoh and calmly said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness” ( Exodus 5:1). The man who had been so terrified had found the courage to speak up to a King who had the power of life and death in his hands. But Moses was no longer afraid. He knew God had sent him and all his fears had melted away.
You too might be facing one huge task that strikes terror in your heart. It seems so uphill that you cast around for help. But if God has spoken to you, and not only that but given you signs, as well, why be afraid! Just walk out calm with confidence, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for that task before me that looks impossible and so terrifying, I look up to you, for you have gone before me, and victory awaits me, 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!