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“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fear is not made perfect in love” – (I John 4:8)

Fear can be an overwhelming force that can cripple any of us to do anything meaningful in our lives. Psychologist would note that everyone has a certain degree of fear of something once in a well. Maybe it is a money issue, a health scare or relationship crisis. If one doesn’t have any fear that is quite abnormal.

Even the Lord Jesus had a certain fear before he was crucified. As the hour drew nearer, “he fell to the ground and prayed if possible that the hour might pass from him. Abba, Father, he said, “Everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will but what you will” (Mark 14-35-36).

But then fear must be overcome. For often so, fear can be brought by the enemy as a spirit of oppression. This is what happened when Moses sent out scouts to explore the Promised Land they were about to enter. The people they reporteeld to, “spread this bad report among the Israelites: “The land we travelled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there…” (Numbers 13:32-33). My friend, what else would you call that by “fear mongering”!

Fortunately Joshua and Caleb stood up to this spirit of fear. But how? Rather than focusing on the situation at hand they looked up to God. “Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us. Don’t be afraid of them!” (Numbers 14:9).

Are you going through a situation that wells up fear in you! Let fear not overwhelm you. Other than being like those Israelites who started “wailing and weeping all night” because of fear let us draw our eyes on the Lord. The Lord will vindicate this faith in Him, as he did with Joshua and Caleb.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where there is any fear in my heart because of a particular situation or matter, I look up to you and overcome fear, because of faith in you, this I pray in Jesus’ 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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