“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” ( 1John 4:16).
There is a saying that “you cannot give what you don’t have!” Let’s say you have a pot of tea. One cannot pretend to pour tea from an empty pot. You must make some tea first and then start pouring. At the same time once the tea gets finished and you need to pour some more and fill up empty cups, you need to fill the pot again. Perhaps this might mean making some more tea again, so as to be able to fill the empty cups. You can’t give what you don’t have!
This saying applies to our lives in many ways. Sometimes we may wonder why we see acts of hate all around us. There are homes where children are abused and then we wonder why. Usually the answer is simple. The abuser cannot be expected to share love, which he too, has no experience of.
On occasions you will find stories of babies abandoned in dustbins, the mother eager to move on with her life. What is happening here is that the mother feeling unloved can’t extend love to this child of her own. You can’t give what you don’t have!
Likewise, in the same vein, Christians can’t share any love unless they are assured that God loves them, first! “We love because he first loved us” ( 1 John 4:19). It is only after knowing and experiencing God’s love, can we go out and love others unconditionally.
Where you find so much hate around us it is because people have no knowledge of the true love of God. They spit hate because that is all there is they know. One cannot give what they don’t have. But pray that all may come to know the true love of God, and from there go on to share His abundant love! “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” ( Ephesians 3:18-19).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I choose love because of your love for me, which I now gladly share that those who do not know you may experience it and come to your saving knowledge, 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!