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04/09/2023 - 05/09/2023 All day

“There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God!” ( Psalm 43: 4).

Cattle keepers are different from agriculturalists. They live unsettled lives migrating to and fro where ever pasture happens. This lifestyle of theirs is also common these days to people who move through various cities and nations depending on where the next job is. And, in moving, of course people take what is dearest to them.

As a cattle keeper Abraham led a migratory life. Now wherever he moved it was clear there was something uppermost on his mind. When the Lord appeared to him at Sechem, and gave the land to him “So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him” ( Gen 12:7). And when he later moved up the land, “There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord” ( vv 8).

This habit of his continued on as later when he split with his nephew Lot, “So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord” ( Gen 13: 18). When he obeyed God to offer up his only son Isaac for a sacrifice, “Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood” ( Gen 22:9).

Altars we can say were very much part of Abraham’s life. They served for him a place to worship God, praise and also intercede for favor. While we can say we live in a dispensation where we know, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” ( John 4:24), this does not hinder us from identifying and having altars to serve as a point of reference in our walk with God, just as Abraham did!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to your altar of praise and thanksgiving, as I pray for your favour upon me and the work of my hands, 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!

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