“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” ( Hebrews 12:6)
Table salt users know that you generally need to shake the container to release contents. The shaking enables the flow. This principle also does apply to how God relates to his children. Sometimes shaking is the only way to get us close to him, and in so doing, release the best out of us!
Take the example of King David. He was chilling out on a sea of contentment that even after plotting the murder of Uriah to snatch his wife Bathsheba ( 2 Samuel 11- 12), he seemed unware of the gravity of his misdeed. It’s only after Prophet Nathan brought to his attention this sin, and futhermore, shared that he was to pay a price with the loss of his son, that David was shaken out of slumber. “Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die” ( 2 Samuel 12: 13-14).
King David fell on his knees and wrote one of the deepest and most humbling psalm: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity” ( Psalm 51:1- 9). It took the shaking of the Lord to birth such an inspiring psalm that has blessed so many since.
No one should necessarily go around looking to be shaken. Yet, so often, the Lord brings events in our lives that shake us out of slumber. Maybe the experience might be uncomfortable but ultimately the fruit is to bring us closer to the Lord as happened to David.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, sometimes you bring periods of shaking to get our attention and bring us closer to you, and so help me to yield and open myself to those moments and situations, that in the end only help me get closer to you, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!