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23/02/2022 03:00 - 24/02/2022 02:00

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" - Mathew 5:9 (NIV). 

Peace has been described as a state of period in which there is no war! When one looks at the course of human history that period has been very rare indeed. From the 19th century to the present there has been over 35 major global wars that have killed over 180 million people. The majority of war victims are never the armed soldiers but actually the defenceless populations caught in between.

Wars often result in genocide- an attempt to wipe out a population of one group through massacres, as happened in Rwanda in 1994. Wars lead to displacement of people and scattering once those secure in their homes as refugees, as has happened to those caught in the Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan war. Wars retard economic development because of insecurity, as has happened to Uganda since 1979.

We live in times of war and Jesus forewarned us of such a time- "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come'" (Mathew 24:6). Presently, Russia and the West are pitting guns at each other. Elsewhere is no different with internal power struggles in many nations that often turn violent.

Wars will always happen because of the depravity of man. But when wars do come as Jesus has warned, we should not be alarmed as the people of the world without hope. For he says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).Wars give believers a chance to point to the lost the Prince of peace. With wars Christians stand in the gap as messengers of peace!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as wars well up all around us, what a comfort to know that true and everlasting peace is found in you, which I pray that mankind may know, 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!