"The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them" - Psalm 34:7 (NIV).
A certain friend was riding a motorcycle along a busy highway. Ahead he saw several cars move in his direction at some wicked speed. He decided to edge away a bit and make space. Just then he was hit. "I recall just seeing a flash of white," he recalls. "A thought crossed my mind this is the end!" Then he landed over in a ditch.
The fast cars simply moved on without stopping. "I started feeling my body and realised my parts were all intact," he recalled. "But then when I looked at my leg I could see a splintered bone forcing itself out. I held up my leg to prevent profuse bleeding. "Later he underwent several surgeries and now walks with a limp.
Since we do not live on a perfect earth, around us are forces and objects that can inflict on us harm, almost from nowhere. Aside from dangerous infections the roads we travel on can be menacing with accident scenes caused due to reckless drivers. On occasion one notices matatu buses that have overturned apparently as a result of overtaking at the wrong turn. Many of our roads have potholes that can easily end up as death traps.
This is why as we move about we look up to God for protection. Psalm 91:11 says, "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways"! And Luke 4:10 notes, "For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully.."
Whenever we start our day we ought to take time and pray for this privilege. A lot of accidents are not caused by the victims themselves, who just happened to be at the wrong place. All which makes it more critical to look up to the one who has the earth under his feet for protection!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as I move about I pray that you discharge an army of angels to guard me against any harm and danger, wherever I happen to be, 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!