“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” - James 1: 1-4 (NIV).
There is a song, going by the above title, widely sung in many Christian circles. It has some of the most beautiful lyrics, speaking of God’s good plans for us, regardless of circumstances. In some lyrics, it says, “When God’s people humble themselves and pray, He has promised all heaven.”
There has certainly been a lot around us, lately. A lot of the news have not brought good tidings, rather much has been filled with sadness such as deaths from the pandemic. Times such as these might make some lose faith.
But something good is going to happen. This is not just wishful thinking. God’s word says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
There is another lyric to this beautiful song, which goes, “Right there in the dust, he sat by the gate, To listen to footsteps and patiently wait. The blind man just didn't dream that this was the day. That Jesus of Nazareth would pass by his way.” This refers to the blind man Jesus healed in John 9:1-7. For all the years he lived as blind, there was a day that came, when Jesus told this man, “Go!”
So, friend, “Something good is going to happen to you. For Jesus of Nazareth is passing your way.”
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I start the day afresh with a song in my heart, something good is going to happen, to me today, for you are passing by, 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!