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24/06/2021 03:00 - 25/06/2021 02:00

“I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” - Psalm 16:8 (KJV)

There is something about certain African mountains- like the glorious Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa. For any who has ventured close they rise out of sweeping valleys and stand elegantly above their surroundings glittering with velvet snow caps. Ever a beautiful sight, on certain occasions there is a mist or fog that blocs the view of those in the surroundings, but once all melts away, there are still up standing and glittering high above. Anyone can be sure of looking up and seeing their peaks protruding still, a magnificent tower of glory.

Because these mountains are high up there are often attacked by savage and forceful winds coming from all directions. In spite of all the wind power they remain unmovable. One might even venture to say there are used to being savaged by winds matching with certain power, which they gently cast off. Mountains are not that easily shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2 says, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” This is how our faith in God should be- like that of mountains! The winds of trials may come and attack us but we cast them off, gently. Times may change; but we remain standing tall.

The Kikuyu and Chagga people nestled at the foothills of these gigantic mountains have something in common. After the winds have blown and passed they look up and there they see those elegant mountains still standing, as has been for generations. May such be our faith.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as Psalm 27:3 says, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident”; today I pray that my faith rises as strong as a mountain rock, because I take refuge in you, and whatever trials or upheavals I stand unmoved, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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