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26/01/2024 - 27/01/2024 All day

“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him”          ( Psalm 37:7)

Rest is important to God. “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work”            ( Gen 2:2).

During his ministry on earth, Jesus often took time away from the crowds to rest. After the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, “immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone” (Matt.14:22-23).

At one point a frurious strom arose while he was resting, to the fright of his disciples. “Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” ( Mark 4:38).

All this, and more passages elsewhere, emphasize to us that rest matters. We should all, as a good habit, take time off to rest, from our labours. One reason is that rest enegises us. The way God designed our bodies is their mechanisms need time to cool off and re- charge. Also, as we see in the life of Jesus, rest is also a good time to reconnect with God!

Anyone continouslly involved in the Lord’s work knows what an uphill struggle we face. But through rest we have a coping mechanism. There are also blessings from rest. “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” ( Gen 2:3). If it worked for the Almoghty God, how about you and I!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as we toil in your beautiful work, and face all kinds of pressures that leave us often restless, may we always go to you to rest and be refreshed, to even be more productive and fulfilled, 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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